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Respiratory support withdrawal in intensive care units: international differences stressed and straightened!

Jelle L Epker*, Yorick J de Groot and Erwin J Kompanje

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Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Erasmus Medical Centre, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Critical Care 2011, 15:405  doi:10.1186/cc10033

See related research by Fumis and Deheinzelin, and related commentary by Soares,

Published: 2 March 2011

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

We read with great interest the article by Fumis and Deheinzelin [1] in a previous issue of Critical Care. We are convinced that the subject - the withdrawal of respiratory support in intensive care units (ICUs) - is of interest to the ICU community but think that some of the conclusions are somewhat disputable.