# 033 Ventilator Withdrawal Protocol, 2nd ed
- September 22, 2014
- Support Groups
Medical College of Wisconsin (EPERC)
Introduction: This is the first part of a three-part series on withdrawing ventilators in patients expected to die. Fast Fact #34 will review use of sedating medication for ventilator withdrawal and Fast Fact #35 will review information for families.
Once it is decided that further aggressive medical care is incapable of meeting the desired goals of care for a ventilator-dependent patient, discussing ventilator withdrawal to allow death is appropriate (see Fast Fact #16). Such a decision is never easy for family members, doctors, nurses, and other critical care staff. All members of the care team should be involved and apprised of the decision-making process and have the opportunity to discuss the plan of care.
July 2005; 33.
Charles von Gunten MD, PhD and David E Weissman MD