I saw this video yesterday and it resonated well with what I already believed. It’s relatively long for a YouTube video and I could summarize it, but its better to just watch it and the art show along the way is great too.
Almost all medical professionals have seen what we call “futile care” being performed on people. That’s when doctors bring the cutting edge of technology to bear on a grievously ill person near the end of life. The patient will get cut open, perforated with tubes, hooked up to machines, and assaulted with drugs. All of this occurs in the Intensive Care Unit at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars a day. What it buys is misery we would not inflict on a terrorist. I cannot count the number of times fellow physicians have told me, in words that vary only slightly, “Promise me if you find me like this that you’ll kill me.” They mean it. Some medical personnel wear medallions stamped “NO CODE” to tell physicians not to perform CPR on them. I have even seen it as a tattoo...
The article goes on to explain why the doctors at times “enable” decision makers to choose to attempt to save a loved ones life — although they may not want the same for themselves.
It’s actually a great read and not that long.
Link to actual article: click here.
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I read a few different blogs on how great this website is. I haven’t used it myself, but I am going to post it here as a reference for myself.
Although you get to try out the “full experience” for three days, it’s not a free program.
Forgot to back up. No idea why I used an asterisk…
I have some stuff from October, but it’s all unedited drafts / links.