Our Chance of Dying in Intensive Care – Peter Saul TED Talk
Australian intensive care physician, Peter Saul, recently presented a TED Talk about the increased chance of dying in intensive care in the 21st Century. He explains that one ten people will die in intensive care, but in the United States it is one in five and in Miami, three out of five.
People who are dying are often attached to intensive care machinery to prolong life, when there is no cure for their medical conditions. According to Dr. Saul, the stress level on the patient and on families when a person dies in intensive care is seven times greater than when a person dies just about anywhere else.
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A quick, 10 second, way too loud advertisement begins the TED video.
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