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Massachusetts General Hospital, Medical ICU Project: Ventilator Withdrawal Guidelines
Guidelines for preparation of family and clinical team for vent withdrawal, including
care of family during procedure.
Educational - Clinician Education
Massachusetts General Hospital
Palliative Care Services
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA 02114
J. Andrew Billings, M.D.
How the grantee used this instrument:
Concise guidelines take the clinician through preparation of family and clinical
team members for vent withdrawal, suggested regimens for sedation/analgesic dosing,
setting the scene for vent withdrawal with family and staff, and special notes on
how to talk with the family about withdrawal.
inpatient, care coordination, care plan, care planning, protocols, emotional well-being,
decision-making, anticipatory grief, bereavement care, social work, clergy, clinical
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Ventilator Withdrawal Guidelines - 6 page PDF
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Posted: July 2006
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