Blog Posts (10)
August 6, 2013
This is a brief rebuttal to Jason Manne’s recent response to my post “ Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST .”
Manne’s letter misses the point.…
February 7, 2013
This year’s first issue of
AJOB Neuroscience includes:
COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT AND EMOTION
RECONSIDERING DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION
MINIMALLY CONSCIOUS AND END-OF-LIFE CARE…
February 6, 2013
Joan Teno and her coauthors' analyzed the Medicare fee-for-service records of more than 840,000
people aged 66 or older who died in 2000, 2005, or 2009. They looked at
where seniors died, what medical services were provided during their las...
January 30, 2013
Maurice Bernstein, M.D.
Coming to the decision that a treatment is futile—meaning that further medical treatment would have no useful result and should not be started or continued—is a decision made with hesitation or at times not at all, either by the patient or family or, unfortunately, even by the physician.…
January 10, 2013
About a year ago, 19-year-old daughter, Danielle Zfat was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On Nov. 25th she was admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Florida. On Jan. 1st her condition worsened and she was placed on life support.&nb...
January 9, 2013
The following is an essay by Marc Newhouse on his mother's use of VSED. Marc Newhouse is a former cellist, nurse, and English teacher. He is now a book author who blogs at Life, Death and Iguanas.
In April of 2010, my...
January 8, 2013
With Melinda Hexum, I just published "Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment." in The Journal of Clinical Ethics 23, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 353-76. Here is the abstract:
This issue’s “Legal Briefing” colu...
January 2, 2013
On Tuesday, Feb 5, from noon to 1:00 PM, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center is hosting a webinar on the topic: "Does the Concept of 'Medical Futility' Help Clinicians?"
Robert D. Truog, MD, Professor of...
February 20, 2014 5:47 pm
The mother of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery said she has seen changes in her daughter’s condition that give her hope.
January 6, 2014 5:02 pm
Concepts matter in medicine. This could not be more obvious than in the utter confusion on display over the concepts of ‘brain death’ and ‘life support technology’ that has resulted in two dead bodies being kept on ventilator support in California and Texas.
January 6, 2014 4:59 pm
A judge ruled last week that an Oakland girl whose family wants her kept on life support is legally dead. The family wants her moved to long-term care. We’ll speak with physicians and ethicists about the definition of brain death, and confer with a grief counselor about how to make the difficult decision to remove a loved one from life support.
November 19, 2013 6:01 pm
There is no statistical proof that doctors enjoy a better quality of life before death than the rest of us. But research indicates they are better planners.
November 7, 2013 1:42 pm
When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide what he wanted to do?
September 14, 2013 12:04 pm
Eliminating the three-day hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage in a skilled-nursing facility is among the list of recommendations that the Commission on Long-Term Care will include in its final report to Congress.
May 2, 2013 3:56 pm
Richard Flora, 76, was bitten by an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake but the family decided not to give him anti-venom and he died at hospital 11 hours later.
March 21, 2013 2:41 pm
Finding out what dying patients want and treating them accordingly leads to happier patients who are in less pain and who use fewer healthcare dollars, UCLA researchers said Tuesday.
March 6, 2013 3:08 pm
By now you know the story—or at least think you do: A nursing home nurse sees an 87-year-old resident in cardiac arrest and calls 911. Despite desperate pleas of the call center operator, the nurse refuses to do CPR and the resident dies. Except most of the story isn’t true.
March 4, 2013 2:18 pm
Last week, 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed at Glenwood Gardens, an assisted living facility in Bakersfield, Calif., and later died. While it’s not unexpected that an elderly person would die, what’s troubling is that after she collapsed, a nurse called 911, yet wouldn’t administer CPR or look for someone else to do it, despite the request of the emergency dispatcher.
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