I am increasingly becoming sickened by a group of docs where I work. They seem to keep their pts alive at ALL costs. I have heard one of them tell the daughter of my pt that the pt didn't have anything he couldn't "cure" and that she was "not terminal." This about an 85 y/o woman with sepsis, COPD, etc, etc, etc....stating she wanted to go home with her daughter to die. Doc makes daughter (POA) feel like she is killing her mom if she brings her home...All Holy Doc can CURE her!!
This is only one little story (there are more)...I am just curious, since I am newer to nursing, where is the line drawn? What can I do for my pt that is honestly being tortured, by a group of docs that think they are god, before the inevitable?? I am newer to this hospital, but this group has a horrible reputation for keeping people alive at all costs. ALL the RNs talk about it & can't stand them. I have seen it numerous times in my own short period there. Why is nothing done...or, what can be done??
Also...would you agree that it is more the docs are $$greedy$$ and need to keep their bankroll alive to get the medicare payments than that they are "trained to save lives" and can't give up??????
Thanks for any input...very tired hope this made sense!
Feb 6, '07
"keeping people alive at all costs"
"before the inevitable"
- excuse me, who decides what is inevitable?
- recently my own family member (88 y/o) was in hospital and I shuddered to think that staff were "writing him/her off" - and he/she wanted to go home, he/she came in for treatment - not to be written off -- this person is now recovering from a dreadful infection and is no longer bedridden, but up & walking, in a convalescent facility (instead of written off placement), where he/she gets dressed and up every day, motivated, doing well, and as staff mentioned the other day (a delightful white-haired older RN) - "people walk out of here"
I say - assess and plan for each patient as an INDIVIDUAL - not according to preconceived notions about what an 85 y/o individual's future holds
(incidentally, in home health nursing I have worked with people over 100 years of age who are managing quite well at home, with some services who come into the home - let them live their lives at home if that is their wish)
Last edit by GingerSue on Feb 6, '07