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Comment: ''The Liverpool Care Pathway is only as good or bad as its user''


I watched my mother die of cancer after being put on this pathway. She wasn't eating or drinking much if anything and we were constantly struggling with finding the right balance of pain relief and antiemetics via the syringe driver. The Macmillan nurse started the pathway on the Wednesday before she died on the Saturday, it was not discussed with us but as the notes were kept in the house I read them; (we looked after her at home). To me it made sense, my Mom was comfortable, painfree and had all the medication she would or could need in the house with her. When I had to get the district nurse to see her in the early hours of Saturday we didn't have to wait for a doctor the medication was there for her. I think the pathway's use has been taken out of context and we should remember why it came about in the first place. I've also seen 3 of my dogs die of cancer and we didn't have to wait until they were greatly suffering before we had our trips to the vets they all had calm painfree deaths. A diginifed painfree death should be available for all of the seriously ill. Remember them before the pathway is disappears.

Posted date

6 August, 2013

Posted time

2:52 pm