Monday, May 22, 2017

At the End of Life, A Way to Go Gentle

"[Jessica Nutik Zitter] refers to the usual intensive care unit approach as the “end-of-life conveyor belt.” She argues that palliative care methods should be used to slow down and derail the typical destructive I.C.U. approach that often torments people it cannot heal....According to Dr. Zitter, even what are intended to be temporary intensive care measures can put a patient on that conveyor belt to anguish and isolation. She writes of breathing machines, feeding tubes, cardiac resuscitation, catheters, dialysis and a miserable existence prolonged within long-term acute care facilities. In an account of the evolution of her own ideas about doctoring, she also explains why it remains so difficult to change intensive care units so they can better serve the terminally ill." (About the new book, Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life)

At the End of Life, a Way to Go Gentle - The New York Times:

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