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VOLUME 28 , ISSUE 2 ( February, 2024 ) > List of Articles

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Terminal Extubation or Terminal Weaning: Is it Feasible in Indian Intensive Care Units?

Arun Kumar, Rajani S Bhat, Raj K Mani

Keywords : End-of-life care, Terminal weaning, Terminal extubation

Citation Information : Kumar A, Bhat RS, Mani RK. Terminal Extubation or Terminal Weaning: Is it Feasible in Indian Intensive Care Units?. Indian J Crit Care Med 2024; 28 (2):103-105.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24631

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-01-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Abstract

Terminal extubation (TE) and weaning have long been suggested as a modality of intervention when the continuation of mechanical ventilation is not expected to achieve its therapeutic aim and is merely prolonging the dying process. The decision, however, is complex considering limited evidence regarding the best practices and is often defied due to inherent ethical, legal, and medical dilemmas. The article attempts a brief overview of available literature on this subject and discusses its feasibility in Indian intensive care units (ICUs).


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