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  • The Case of Pat: Unprepared to Talk About Dying

    The Case of Pat: Unprepared to Talk About Dying Pat B. had never talked with her father about dying. Even when he was older and had remarried after her mother’s death, there seemed no opportunity conducive for such a talk. Her mother had died of cancer at age forty-nine after a long struggle, and Pat…

  • Case Study – My Patient’s Dying

    Case Study – My Patient’s Dying I had never seen it before. I had no experience on which to base my unsettling suspicions. And yet, it was unmistakable. My patient, Ms. P, was dying right in front of me, and I was a third-year medical student. She told me “I just don’t want to be…

  • Case Study – Mr. Jay’s Case

    Case Study – Mr. Jay’s Case Mr. Jay, a 71-year-old man with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was convalescing at a skilled-nursing facility after a hospital stay for pneumonia.  Mr. Jay and his doctor discussed the likelihood that his bouts with pneumonia would recur and the possibility that his lungs might stop working during a…

  • Case Study – Could This Happen At Our Hospital?

    Case Study – Could This Happen At Our Hospital? The patient is dying, and the physicians and family did what? A 79-year old white female with advanced ovarian cancer, severe back and abdominal pain, COPD, depression and anxiety disorder, and asthma was admitted to the hospital from Happy Valley Nursing Home through the emergency room.…

  • Case Study – Alice’s Frail Mother

    Do DNR orders matter?

  • The Slow Code: Is It Ethical?

    Slow codes, defined as half-hearted efforts to resuscitate patients, have been called deceptive, dishonest, unethical and deplorable.

  • DNR Orders and Foregoing Treatment

    A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests Do Not Resuscitate orders may prompt caregivers to forego treatments that patients may have wanted.