Let’s talk about death

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Anaesthetists are some of the doctors looking after patients of all ages in the intensive care units where constantly some are dying from the effects of Covid -19. They urge us all to imagine we are in these patient’s situation and discuss our wishes NOW so that our families are prepared to help the doctors with the difficult decisions they have to make. A Consultant Anaesthetist has written:

"We are in the middle of a pandemic, patients come in critically unwell, needing urgent care, without the benefit of having their family around them due to the danger of infection. Family members are not allowed to come to the bedside.

There comes a point where we are certain that our efforts will not save our patient’s life, and to continue treatment is simply adding to their pain and distress. We discuss this with their family. a conversation we would never normally have over the phone, it is so much easier to convey the information required face to face.

It is nobody’s wish to die on an intensive care unit, most patients will have thought about when they would want their treatment to stop. Most people will have shied away from having that conversation with their loved ones, I want to ask you please, make now the right time. Have this conversation with your family and let them know how you feel. It is the greatest gesture of love you can give them, and will make their discussions with us so much gentler and easier."

Please read the whole article here: https://www.rcoa.ac.uk/blog/lets-talk-about-death