In reading through these postings, I have to say that there is so much shown on television with all these hospital shows and agressive treatment. Is it necessary to agressively treat someone who has asked for comfort measures, but the Health Care POA who happens to be a family member that is not ready to say good-bye so they want everything done.
This just happened to someone I know. From what I understand there are those who will do what the family member wants because the family member will still be around to sue. Mom was ready to let go and let God, but the son said "Do what you need to do to save her."
I saw a program on one of the education channels entitled "Whose Death Is It Anyway?" It raised the question about families wanting more done than the patient did. It was interesting to me.
We have all this technology that people want to use to keep others alive longer. But are they considering the quality of life the individual will have.
I ask the question "Just because we have the technology, is it necessary to use it all the time?"
Personally I think technology is a wonderful thing, but when it came to my father and respiratory failure, the option to let him die (his directives said "no machines") or take him to the hospitals and let him go on a vent. I was so proud of my mom who said "He wants no machines." My dad at the time was 64 and an invalid secondary to a stroke 5 years previous. Technology could have kept him alive. But we chose not to accept the offer. This was before I became a nurse. I totally agree with my mom on her decision.
Now that I am in LTC, I STRONGLY encourage families to accept mom or dad's decision.
This is one way we can save some nurse time.
I have heard people at my organizational meetings say "There is no shortage, there is a higher demand for nurses, therefore there are less at the bedside. "
I have no idea where nursing or health care in general will go, but I do know I will do my best to help people make informed decisions. As nurses that is one thing we can all do. NA