Question about dying patient - page 2

by Scrubby 2,530 Views | 12 Comments

Hey fellow allnurses just want to discuss something that happened at work today which I found a bit disturbing. An elderly patient was brought into the holding bay of our OR. Patient was to have emergency laparotomy, query... Read More


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    Quote from Scrubby
    I sometimes wonder though why we go to these extreme measures in elderly patients with so many co morbidities and poor chances of survival. Is it so hard to let people die in peace?
    To answer your question maybe they asked this patient and he said he wanted to have everything done.

    I work oncology and it is amazing to me the differences in what people want done. Even with having cancer (and late stage at that) some people still want everything done. It is such a personal decision and I've asked that same question many times. It's hard not to let our personal belief into this.

    Some people want NOTHING to be done. Others are ok with treating an infection with antibiotics.

    Then you have to wonder what the docs said to the patient or family. Sometimes the patient is done and is just ready to die. Then there is the family to consider. Some just have a real hard time letting go and make the final decision to just make them comfortable.
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    The process of dying cannot be stopped. It can only be delayed.

    The "what if...should I have...and if only..."

    Is an expenditure of energy....

    I wouldn't be wasting...
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    Quote from JoPACURN
    The process of dying cannot be stopped. It can only be delayed.

    The "what if...should I have...and if only..."

    Is an expenditure of energy....

    I wouldn't be wasting...
    Did you intend for this to be poetic?...

    I often counsel my patients and families with a "no regrets" philosophy and your words reflect an important part of that. Well said.


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