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|Marco C, Larkin G et al
Determination of "Futility" in Emergency Medicine - Ann Emerg Med. June 2000;35;604-612
The practice of emergency medicine routinely requires rapid decisionmaking regarding various interventions and therapies.
Such decisions should be based on the expected risks and benefits to the patient, family, and society. At times, certain interventions and therapies may be considered "futile," or of low expected likelihood of benefit to the patient.
Various interpretations of the term "futility" and its practical application to the practice of emergency medicine are explored, as well as background information and potential application of various legal, ethical, and organizational policies regarding the determination of "futility."
Decisions regarding potential benefit of interventions should be based on scientific evidence,
societal consensus, and professional standards, not on individual bias regarding quality of
life or other subjective matters.
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