This past week I got the assignment from you know where. A s/p 22 weeker on DOL # 210. NO LUNGS or GUT, little vision or hearings. Blood pressures out of the roof, meds (3 pages ) like you would not belive. NPO because that morning he had had surgery #8, freshly extubated CO2 85 (Doc okay with it). This poor kid was unconsolable even with morphine, ativan and methadone. The only thing that helped was the swing and music. WHY DO WE DO THIS TO 22 WEEKERS! This kid has a misserable life! When I tried to talk to the Neo about what would happen to him he looked at me like I was nuts and said" Come on! you know hw is going to die" I still think these little kids are resus to keep the lawyers at bay. I cried all the way home. Does anybody else ever feel like this. I tried to help this kid but I failed.
Feb 28, '04
It's cruelty to treat a baby like that, but it seems that some docs don't know where to stop. Where are the parents of this poor baby? Do they have any idea what kind of life this baby has?
It's amazing that he is so old, but I can't say that's a tribute to modern medicine. We don't treat 22 weekers, we are a level II, anyway, but our docs are pretty good at telling the parents "no". The transport team doesn't come for anything less than 23 weeks, and that's borderline.
So sorry you have to care for little ones like that. I don't know if I could do it. The blessing will be when he is allowed to go to heaven.
Last edit by Mimi2RN on Feb 28, '04
Feb 29, '04
**********Oops. Didn't see that "DOL #210" -- Sorry
Last edit by fiestynurse on Mar 5, '04