Along with the improvements in patient care there has been an exponential increase in expectations; we’ve somehow gone from “your loved one has a life threatening illness and we will do what we can to treat it and in the meantime ensure they don’t suffer” to “your loved one has a life threatening illness that we have the capacity to cure, and if we don’t we will have done something wrong.”
The Word Cloud project was outlined in a recent paper in the British Medical Journal. In that paper, families who took part in the project describe how creating a word cloud improved connections with the loved one — even after death — by helping the family reflect on the unique characteristics of the dying relative.
What happened to Beatrice Weisman before dawn on Aug. 29, 2013, was not supposed to happen: The medical staff at Maryland General Hospital found her in cardiac arrest, resuscitated her and kept her alive.
Volunteers are taking the care of their terminally ill neighbours into their own hands. - Article by Jeremy Laurance for The Atlantic
As comfort measures intensify, so should the support provided to the dying patient's family. A review of the needs of patients in palliative care at the end of life.
CARENET member and Intensivist Dr. Peter Dodek discusses the research and reduction of moral stress in the ICU.
Nanci Corrigan's experience on the difficulty of discussing goals of care during cancer treatment.
Dr. Samuel M. Brown on moving beyond the confusion and frustration of traditional living wills and code status.