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Frequency of documentation of family communication in an Australian intensive care unit: a retrospective study

Riad L Silcock, Bala Venkatesh, Ranald L Pascoe and Dianne K Fisher
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (5): 271-272.
Published online: 7 March 2011

To the Editor: While clinicians often communicate with patients and families, documentation of these conversations is inconsistent. Documentation is critical for continuity of patient care, medicolegal reasons and research,1 and is particularly important in the intensive care unit (ICU), where discussions regarding prognosis and withdrawal of care occur frequently. There are scant published data on documentation of conversations with patients in ICUs and their families.

  • Riad L Silcock
  • Bala Venkatesh
  • Ranald L Pascoe
  • Dianne K Fisher

  • Department of Intensive Care, Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.


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