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Table 1 Summary of characteristics of all cases

From: “Everything has been tried and his heart can’t recover…”: A Descriptive Review of “Do Everything!” in the Archive of Ontario Consent and Capacity Board

Description N %
Total included cases 41  
Setting
Critical Care 33 80.5
Acute Medicine 3 7.3
Pediatric critical care 2 4.9
Unable to determine 3 7.3
Conflict over
Withdrawing life-sustaining therapy 31 75.6
Withholding life-sustaining therapy 9 22.0
Did not specify 1 2.4
Patient condition
Altered level of consciousness 25 61.0
Terminal illness 16 39.0
Diagnoses
Dementia 13 31.7
Anoxic / hypoxic brain injury 11 26.8
Stroke 10 24.4
Cardiac Arrest 8 19.5
Infection 15 36.6
Kidney failure 7 17.1
Multi-organ failure 6 14.6
GI bleed 4 9.8
Pressure ulcers 6 14.6
  1. Table 1 provides a summary of characteristics of all cases. In total, 41 cases were included in the study. Most cases (80.5%) took place in a critical care setting where most conflicts (75.6%) were related to withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy. Patients typically had more than one diagnosis, with leading diagnoses being infection (36.6%), dementia (31.7%), and anoxic or hypoxic brain injury (26.8%)