Advanced Cardiopulmonary Care Ethics

Advanced cardiopulmonary care technologies, such as ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, suggest the importance of considering whether, when, and for how long they should be used. These life-sustaining therapies can postpone certain death, reshape our views about what should be considered good end-of-life care, and prompt examination of what clinicians’ roles might be in patients’ experiences of death.  

Volume 21, Number 5: E373-474 Full Issue PDF