A beautiful thing happened today... - page 2
You know the 90yo LOL/LOM, advanced dementia, has an advance directive stating DNR & comfort measures only, sent in from the facility by ambulance because they're "just not themselves". You know the one I'm talking about. You... Read More
- 1Sep 19, '11 by ~*Stargazer*~Yes, I definitely give a lot of credit to the family for being open to it. I understand how hard it is to let go, and how it must feel like you're failing your loved one somehow. I think we're so ingrained in our society to resist death at all costs.
- 0Sep 27, '11 by ~Mi Vida Loca~RNQuote from nola1202I'm suprised the hospital let her stay, most hospitals, even if the loved one is minutes away from death (i remember one with a heart rate of 40 and irreg, no bp to speak of, the hospital called hospice and I wondered if they'd get her before she died or if she'd die on the way to the hospice. I've worked utilization review and couldn't find a way to make a dying person fit criteria, ironic.
We have an acute hospice unit at the 2 hospitals the company I work for runs. This case just mentioned would be exactly the type of patients that would be sent up there. It's usually those that have hrs to a few weeks. Very nice units. I actually think it's great. Patients like this should go to hospice, whether in a hospice facility, hospice in the hospital or at home. Much better then dying in a hospital room. The hospice unit in our hospital is utilized a lot.