Volume 24
Number 6
Nov 2016
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S. van Rijswijk, K. Broekman, A.M.E. Spoelstra-de Man

Juridical problems can frequently be encountered in the ICU and quick decision-making may be necessary. In case of doubt, it is wise to consult the legal expert of the hospital. However, basic knowledge is required by all physicians. This article addresses three cases comprising different legal issues: professional confidentiality after a patient has died, blood sample collection from an unconscious patient for forensic investigation and disagreement about treatment limitations with a patient’s family.

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