Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Was it futile?

Jim deMaine, MD
Blog: End of Life – thoughts from an MD
July 24, 2011

After three weeks in the ICU, Mary's heart stopped and the nurses, much against their wishes, had to perform fruitless CPR. Mary thus died in a traumatic way, ribs broken from chest compressions, suffering the kind of technological imperative that's sarcastically referred to by the staff as "medical last rites."

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