MORPHINE and Dying Patients - page 19

Curious about the administration of pain medication (Morphine) and possibly speeding up a patient's death.... Read More

  1. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from anastasia1919
    Hello, I have a question about morphine induced nightmares.

    My granddaughter was in a coma as a result of brain damage (thanks to a criminally incompetent home night nurse in Lincoln NE, who didn't know how a ventilator worked and what the alarm meant!), and to help her die peacefully and reduce air hunger, she was given large doses of morphine. I have just learnt that morphine causes awful nightmares, and I wonder whether administering morphine was the right thing to do after all. I can't bear the idea that my beautiful 3 year old died having nightmares.

    Why is morphine administered if it causes nightmares for the dying?

    Thanks to all for any comments.
    We're sorry for your loss but we cannot offer much information in this situation due to the site terms of service. As the other poster stated, morphine is given to patients because it works in a variety of ways, not just pain control.
  2. by   Vickyanns
    I was an Licensed practical nurse for 23 yrs I an now on hospice and just started liquid morphine I've had horrible pain before this even crying out for my mom, it's helped tremendously, please don't make your patient s suffer, just remember follow orders, when in doubt ask, if uncomfortable get different nurse or maybe explain to supervisor how makes u feel see if u can switch patients.ty
  3. by   nursel56
    Quote from Vickyanns
    I was an Licensed practical nurse for 23 yrs I an now on hospice and just started liquid morphine I've had horrible pain before this even crying out for my mom, it's helped tremendously, please don't make your patient s suffer, just remember follow orders, when in doubt ask, if uncomfortable get different nurse or maybe explain to supervisor how makes u feel see if u can switch patients.ty
    Thank you for sharing this with your fellow nurses and students, Vickyanns. I have always learned something new and valued these firsthand experiences "from both sides of the bed".

    Although many people misunderstand the role of hospice and pain management, if we resolve to educate however we can for however long it takes, fewer people will suffer needless distress.

    I say if crying for your mom helps, do that, too. ((Hugs))

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