I am a new RN. I was being oriented by a nurse who had a patient that that was dying. The 79 year old patients HR was 130 and BP 160/90 SaO2 54 . She had entered the phase where secretions weren't moving and was making that death rattle. My preceptor gave her 1ml of Ativan. It appeared to me that she was choking after administrating the Ativan. She told me that because her O2 levels were down she was gasping for air. I have seen many patients die while I was a personal care tech. And personally, I have never seen this before. I've looked on line and books and seriously can't find where giving a liquid med is ok when secretions aren't moving. Is it the norm to give Ativan or any oral meds at that time, outside of roxanol that dissolves in the month.