Opinion: Care limitations leave patients to die in ICU

12/23/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Patients may be forced to die in the ICU because they do not meet inpatient hospice requirements and have no other adequate care options, writes registered nurse Theresa Brown. She writes that families can suffer post-traumatic stress if loved ones who have made their end-of-life treatment preferences clear instead must die in the ICU.

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