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RESULTS OF PHASE II. Patricia A. Murphy et al. indicate in ‘‘Under the Radar: Contributions of the SUPPORT Nurses’’ (Nursing Outlook, vol. 49, no. 5, September– October 2001) that the SUPPORT intervention failed to produce changes in the outcomes that were measured. ’’ (Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 274, no. 20, November 22–29, 1995), Bernard Lo indicates that he believes the results reported in the SUPPORT study raise more questions than answers. Among other issues, Lo claims that while Phase I showed poor doctor-patient communication, Phase II, instead of directly addressing this shortcoming, added a third party, the SUPPORT nurses, to do the physicians’ job.

Pdf (accessed January 30, 2008) made it possible to successfully transplant a variety of organs and tissues. 3 show the organs and tissues transplantable with twenty-first-century immunosuppressant drugs and technologies. The organs that may be transplanted from people who have died are the heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, and pancreas. Tissues that may be transplanted from people who have died include bone, cartilage, cornea, heart valves, pancreas islet cells, skin, tendons, and veins.

Takamitsu Yamamoto and Yoichi Katayama report in ‘‘Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for the Vegetative State’’ (Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, vol. 15, nos. 3–4, July–September 2005) that deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy may help PVS and MCS patients. DBS therapy involves implanting electrodes within the brain and stimulating the brain at regular intervals. The exact treatment course depends on the patient and his or her reaction to DBS. Yamamoto and Katayama report that eight of twenty-one PVS patients emerged from that state and were able to communicate but remained bedridden.

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