Had a new admission today - pt was a full code, supposed to go to step down unit. But came to our med surg today after she was stabilized on 100% face mask (aspiration). She got up to the unit right at shift change. Pulse ox was 97-100% when she first got up there. THen went into respiratory distress when the day shift nurse and CNA were in the room - pulse ox went down to 66% at the lowest. rapid response was called and they gave her Lasix, suctioned multiple times (bloody?!), ABGs, etc. (BTW this patient is from a nursing home, + MRSA, contractures, G-tube, colostomy, completely aphasic, eyes are open but pt is nonresponsive at baseline, the works).
They finally got a hold of the Dr who talked to the family (who hrs earlier wanted her to be intubated) and made her comfort care. (The critical care nurse who was talkign to MD on the phone mentioned the Dr wouldn't give a morphine drip order). Another dr who was on the unit came in and mentioned her eyes were moving back and forth horizontally and the day shift nurse asked a critical care nurse what he meant by that and the CC nurse said it means she's dying. Is this true? What makes this happen?