Term: Artificial Life Support

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-04-20

Definition:

".. a spectrum of [therapies and] techniques used to maintain life after the failure of one or more vital organs." (from The Free Dictionary - Medical Dictionary web site http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Artificial+life+support - accessed April 20, 2012). Prominent among these techniques is mechanical ventilation.

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References 

  • Garland A, Fransoo R, Olafson K, Ramsey C, Yogendran M, Chateau D, McGowan K. The Epidemiology and Outcomes of Critical Illness in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)