2.2.4. Deaths in ICU
- Almost all deaths are planned withdrawals of active treatment. Talk to the parent unit about your plan. You do not need their permission to withdraw though, but it should never be a surprise for them either.
- Almost all patients who have active treatment withdrawn are able to die in ICU. Some patients will be stable enough to be transferred to hospice. If in your opinion death will take more than 6 – 12 hours, consider referral to palliative care for consideration of hospice admission.