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n Southern African Journal of Critical Care - Who is too sick for the ICU? : editorial

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-8264
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Abstract

In this issue a paper by Joynt and Gomersall discusses the ethical issues in deciding which patients should receive life support in the form of mechanical ventilation. This is a particularly relevant topic in South African state hospitals, where intensive care beds are extremely limited yet the demand is potentially greater than in First-World countries because of our high incidence of severe trauma and infectious disease. Hospital administrators call for written admission policies, but developing these is a daunting task as few finite clinical criteria reliably predict death.

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2005-07-01
2016-12-10

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