Wednesday, February 3, 2010
February 2, 2010
Thanks to you good doctors, nurses, and men of God for getting into the discussion about how we THINK when it comes to end-of-life decisions.
Mike the pastor said it well: “. . .belief and emotion trump Consumer Reports almost every time.” And that must make it so difficult for clinicians at the bedside.
In a NY Times article, the author asks her father if he wants to be intubated; he nods his head, and then “One nurse grunts and rolls her eyes dramatically. The other mutters, “Oh, brother—here we go again.”
That must be a microcosm of dailyness in the ICU: families’ responding from belief and/or emotion and clinicians from a totally different knowledge base.
So do I still want knowledgeable nurses empowered and flooding the end-of-life scene? YES!
I may be condemning them to hours of frustration, but they are well equipped to make the breakthroughs that I also hear happening every day. And chaplains as well, the only people in hospitals today (at least in my judgment) who have time.