regardless if it is painful or not, dying in of itself, commands
it is 100% cruelty to not intervene.
whether the pain is physiological, emotional, or psychological...
all would be helped by a narcotic and anxiolytic.
and while multi-system failure may or may not be acutely painful, it is indeed, uncomfortable.
with hepatic or renal deterioration, you contend w/the body retaining metabolites and toxins.
with cardiopulmonary deterioration, you contend with breathing and circulatory collapse.
we feel our best when everything is in homeostatic balance (mind, body, spirit).
conversely and logic would dictate, that we feel our worst when all systems are failing.
who in their right minds, WOULDN'T give morphine for that!!
yes op, your instincts served you well, as they did your pt.
how do these idiots attain their licenses???