doctors refusing to continue

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    this is about an elderly man and his doctor who has refused to continue:
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/08061...innipeg_doctor

    because he said that to continue would be "grotesque"

    Isn't it just as grotesque to abandon the patient?
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    Have you ever nursed a patient who doesn't move, doesn't breathe, doesn't even know he's still here? Someone whose heart is only beating because a ventilator is blowing air into his lungs? Someone whose skin is riddled with bone-deep ulcers because even though he's been turned religiously every two hours for eight months, and his tube feeds have been administered on schedule, there just isn't any way to stop the breakdown? Someone who is a sitting duck for every single bug in the unit because his immune system recognizes what his family refuses to see? If you have, then you wouldn't need to ask this question.
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    I work in dialysis: one of our patients comes to us via ambulance, has no sitting balance, decubitus ulcers to the bone, has a G-tube, isn't aware of pain and oh yes, did I mention he has lost 12 kgs of body weight in the last 90 days!!! This is unethical! Abandoning this pt is the kindest thing this doctor did!
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    In other countries this wouldn't happen, so why are we doing this to the people here. It's disgusting. I think doctors should be able to make the determination when it's time to withdraw care and even override a family's decision in situations that would be otherwise futile. It's just awful that people do this to their family members. I had a patient who was 100 years old, on a vent, peg tube, decubs to the bone and the daughter (who can't even take care of herself by the way) is yelling in his ear,"five more years dad". Sometimes I just want to throw down my charts and scream "this is torture not healthcare"

    And I'm gonna say this and its gonna **** some people off and I don't care. But these patients, the ones who are vented for life with no chance of a quality of life, need to be let go. Do you realize how much medicare/medicaid is being used to pay for the care of these patients. It burns me to think that a patient with no quality of life is being kept alive with my tax dollars.
    Last edit by RN1982 on Jun 18, '08
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    if you kept a dog in that condition the police would come and arrest you for animal cruelity, no compassion for humans
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    GingerSue as one of my co-workers said the other day. "We ICU nurses could teach the interrogators in Guantanamo a thing or two about torture."

    What's grotesque is what happens to pt's when God is clearly trying to call them back and families and sometimes Doctors just wont let go. This is one of the leading causes of burn out in ICU nursing.
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    Sometimes death is better.
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    i used work icu saw soo many cases like that .its sad and unethical to cont this care .it is torture .i never could understand the difference b/w what we see thru our nurses eye vs what the family see's .or in this case won't or can't.this man has a right to die peacefully and with dignity.they need to cont court case and get an indepent person to become this pts gaurdian.
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    There are three physicians who have resigned from the ICU at the Winnipeg Grace Hospital over this man. So now the ICU is running with only 50% of its udsual complement of physicians and many other lives could be affected. Lives that still retain some meaning. The family believes that artificial "life" support is somehow natural and necessary. It has me wondering how any otrhodox Jew ever actually dies. Not to start a firestorm, but maybe if it's really not his time to die, as they've professed, he should be extubated. If he breathes, then the family is correct, it's not his time to die. The clinical ethicist quoted in the story is, I'm pretty sure, Jewish himself, although not orthodox. He supports the doctors' decisions to remove themselves from this case. Mr Golubchuk will now continue to be flogged until his heart finally arrests and is not responsive to ACLS, then it will well and truly be over.

    Another thought just occurred to me. I wonder how many hours a day his family members are spending at his bedside, and how much of his care they are helping with. My guess is almost none.
    WarEagle4Life, Fiona59, mizfradd, and 18 others like this.
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    Quote from ukstudent
    GingerSue as one of my co-workers said the other day. "We ICU nurses could teach the interrogators in Guantanamo a thing or two about torture."

    What's grotesque is what happens to pt's when God is clearly trying to call them back and families and sometimes Doctors just wont let go. This is one of the leading causes of burn out in ICU nursing.
    Your friend is really wise - we could teach them about torture. I feel so sorry for some of those little old people I took care of.....
    mizfradd, wooh, SuesquatchRN, and 1 other like this.


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