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MPs to begin 'broad' inquiry into palliative and end of life care


(United State, HMO home nurse, client's home), Elderly friend in excellent physical health, but with very early AD. More or less verbatim conversation, with nurse regarding care options. Feeding tube -YES if it looks like it might help. Give it a try for a few weeks to see if it helps, but not if it's going to be permanent. Heroic measures -- NO, not if there is no chance I will ever recover CPR - YES. Mostpeople decide against having CPR. Are you sure you want it?" YES. "But it will likely be very painful. They usually break a lot of your ribs if they do CPR, are you positive want it?" YES. "it probably won't work - are you sure that's what you want? Most people never really recover, and it hurts a lot. Many who do have CPR regret it later because of the pain of the broken ribs -- are you positive?" YES "what if they come in and you are cold and unresponsive, are you sure you want them to do CPR even then?" YES even if you are unresponsive? YES Finally, she gives up..."Well, we can always come back to this decision later..."

Posted date

9 November, 2014

Posted time

5:42 am