futile care


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A medical intervention that does not lead to improvement in the patient’s prognosis, comfort, well-being, or general state of health

futile care

In clinical practice, esp. in the care of patients at the end of life, any intervention that will not improve a patient's health, well-being, comfort, or prognosis.
See: advance directive; hospice
See also: care
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The relationship between moral distress and perception of futile care in the critical care unit.
Theme 4: End-of-life issues: maintaining futile care or withdrawing treatment
According to research, which statement about futile care in critical care settings is correct?
One cause might be the perception gap between physicians and nurses as to what constitutes futile care, which has been reported to widen as the perceived end of life approaches.
Futile care is the use of tests and treatments that cannot possibly impact on a patient's outcome.
It further holds that the physician is not obligated to give the patient or the attorney the option of agreeing with, or disagreeing with, the physician's futile care decision.
Much has been made in the late hours of the debate of the apparent inconsistency between Bush and the Christian right's support for HB 701, the so-called Florida Starvation and Dehydration of Persons With Disabilities Prevention Act (or "Terri's Law") and Bush's 1999 signature, while governor, on the Texas Futile Care Law, which allows the state to remove life support despite wishes of family or guardians, where independent review determines that such support is "futile.
One-third of dying people spend at least ten days in intensive care units enduring tortuous and futile care.
The dollars we spend on marginal and futile care are no longer available to spend on needed care for someone else in the system or some other equally important social need.
The manner in which marginal and futile care are viewed has also changed under the managed care system.
Available studies show, however, that only modest savings will accrue to implementation of futile care policies.