Tuesday, September 30, 2014

When a Life is No Longer Worth Living - decisions must be made

Caregivers must make many choices. They are confounded by the US medical system.

Stakeholders really need to get their acts together.

  • Doctors, to explain the impact of tube feeding.
  • Nurses to explain disease trajectory.
  • Family caregivers to determine the facts about quality of life.
  • Potential patients must convey their wishes to family members.
  • For-profit long-term care must supply enough staff.

For the past four years, she has been kept alive with a feeding tube in her stomach and a breathing tube in her throat. The number of people kept alive by artificial means in the past decade.

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