Great column on experience with end of life care

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/opinion/keller-how-to-die.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1349802219-2UEZYc/nRtAUq3HSTlTIHA

    " ... When they told my father-in-law the hospital had done all it could, that was not, in the strictest sense, true. There was nothing the doctors could do about the large, inoperable tumor colonizing his insides. But they could have maintained his failing kidneys by putting him on dialysis. They could have continued pumping insulin to control his diabetes. He wore a pacemaker that kept his heart beating regardless of what else was happening to him, so with aggressive treatment they could — and many hospitals would — have sustained a kind of life for a while. ...

    ... “It’s about recognizing that someone is dying, and giving them choices. Do you want an oxygen mask over your face? Or would you like to kiss your wife?”
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    What a beautiful article. Too bad something like the Liverpool protocol would never fly over here. We have to get over our fear of death and start doing what is best for people at the end of their lives.
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    I want to work somewhere like that.
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    Exactly what LilyRoseRN said ...

    If needed, I fully intend to implement my own Liverpool protocol for myself someday.
    Last edit by Altra on Oct 11, '12
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    Quote from Altra
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/opinion/keller-how-to-die.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1349802219-2UEZYc/nRtAUq3HSTlTIHA

    " ... When they told my father-in-law the hospital had done all it could, that was not, in the strictest sense, true. There was nothing the doctors could do about the large, inoperable tumor colonizing his insides. But they could have maintained his failing kidneys by putting him on dialysis. They could have continued pumping insulin to control his diabetes. He wore a pacemaker that kept his heart beating regardless of what else was happening to him, so with aggressive treatment they could — and many hospitals would — have sustained a kind of life for a while. ...

    ... “It’s about recognizing that someone is dying, and giving them choices. Do you want an oxygen mask over your face? Or would you like to kiss your wife?”
    What a beautiful article.


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