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Critical Points

* The improper use of safety devices can increase medical malpractice litigation.

* Physicians must understand the limitations of physiologic monitoring if they are to use medical devices appropriately.

* Cost containment is exacerbating the problems of critical care medicine and will increase litigation against critical care physicians.

* The best protection against arbitrary limitations on the availability of critical care is good data on the cost-effectiveness of critical care.

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