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Opportunities missed for advance care planning for elderly ICU patients

Key clinical point: Despite frequent prior physician visits, end-of-life decisions aren’t being made.

Major finding: One in four ICU patients older than age 65 years had no advance care planning.

Study details: Retrospective analysis of nationally representative Medicare sample (n = 1,109).

Disclosures: Dr. Block did not declare a source of funding or potential conflicts. Dr. Yodice had no disclosures.


Block B et al. CCC48, Abstract 401.