Cindy Lien

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Transition to Comfort-Focused Care

I. Problem/Challenge. As hospitalists, we often care for patients who are nearing the end of life. For terminally ill patients, life-sustaining therapies such as mechanical ventilation or artificial nutrition are generally no longer indicated. Such interventions may even cause additional discomfort or prolong the dying process. Our responsibilities as clinicians are two-fold. First, how do…

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