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Table 2 Summary of goals of treatment

From: Development and usability testing of Understanding Stroke, a tailored life-sustaining treatment decision support tool for stroke surrogate decision makers

  Life-Prolonging Treatment
Goal: Keep alive as long as possible
Basic Treatment
Goal: Maintain physical and mental functions
Comfort Measures Only
Goal: Maximize comfort and relieve pain
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) X   
Breathing machine (ventilator) X   
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) care X   
Intravenous (IV) therapy X X Sometimes used for pain
Hospitalization X X Sometimes
Physical, occupational, or speech therapy X X  
Pain relief X X X