Survey: Surgeons, patients discuss post-op life support use

01/18/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

Surgeons and their patients often agree ahead of time about the use of postoperative life support, according to University of Wisconsin researchers. The study in Critical Care Medicine found 60% of surgeons surveyed said they may refuse to operate on someone who wanted to limit life support after surgery and 62% liked the idea of creating an informal contract with patients that details any limitations for aggressive therapy.

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