I have a questions for you. We had a patient pass away yesterday. He was on hospice for the last 2 weeks. A couple days ago his SaO2 was dropping and we were asking if we can turn his oxygen up to 4L/m (He was running 3). They said they don't really like doing that because it only prolongs dying. They also talked about turning the O2 of completely. I always thought Oxygen would be a comfort measure, to relieve anxiety from hypoxia. Is there new research saying otherwise? Let me know if you know anything.
I have a question for all you nurses out there. I am currently dealing with a legal issue at my place of work. We currently had a patient die and the family is now questioning a LPN at my place of work wondering is she may have overdosed a patient on Roxanol. Since I am pretty much almost done with nursing school and I want to continue my education afterwards, I was really nervous to say a statement this nurse said that night. Since we are all professionals and you could give me good feedback, this particular nurse stated to me and another employee there that if we placed this patient on her left side, she would pass away a lot quicker. I did not think that placing someone on their left side would make them pass faster but was I right to tell the appropriate people about the comment that was made or was it wrong for me to "open up another can of worms" since we did not put her on her left side and I knew that this action would not make her pass more quickly. Please give me some advice.
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