Title

"Destination to nowhere: a new look at aggressive treatment for heart failure—a case study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

Approximately 5.7 million people in the United States experience heart failure, and about 670 000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Patients who are ineligible for heart transplant may benefit from a left ventricular assist device. These devices have provided patients with an increased life span, but eventually patients die of the underlying heart disease. This case study illustrates the appropriate use of palliative care teams to address preparedness planning and help decrease moral distress among nursing staff.

Comments

Copyright 2014 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. A link to full-text has been provided for authorized subscribers.

Publication Title

Critical Care Nurse

Published Citation

O’Neill, Brian J., and Meredith W. Kazer. (2014) "Destination to nowhere: a new look at aggressive treatment for heart failure—a case study." Critical care nurse 34, no. 2 : 47-56.

DOI

10.4037/ccn2014442

Peer Reviewed