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Survivors: Our Newest Patients

November 5, 2013 by

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Sudden death. We see it every day in the emergency room, the ICU, on the trauma service. A patient comes in and no matter what we do we are going to lose him within minutes or maybe hours. What we do next could have a lifelong impact on that patient’s survivors. But why? Our patient […]

Dying Nurse Teaches Until the End

January 15, 2013 by

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We were struck by a recent New York Times article about Martha Keochareon, a nurse dying from pancreatic cancer, who invited students from her alma mater to her bedside: For Ms. Keochareon, this was a chance to teach something about the profession she had found late and embraced — she became a nurse at 40, […]

The Corpse Leads, We Follow: Medical Intervention at the End of Life

January 10, 2013 by

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Those of us who labor in the techno-confused trenches of American medicine need little reminder of how the profit driven machine seems to ramp up the closer a person is to death. We’ve counted the twenty drips hung around the patient in ICU Bed 2, glittering and glowing like the control panel of a jet […]

New Jersey’s Death with Dignity Bill Will Impact Grieving Children

September 27, 2012 by

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On September 24, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) proposed the New Jersey Death with Dignity Act. Legislation around bills concerning end-of-life care is often fueled with emotion. I have the interesting perspective of having studied Medical Ethics with renowned Theologian and Ethicist Dr. Margaret Farley in 2005, which is when Terry Schiavo was in the spotlight. […]

Conversations That Matter

September 6, 2012 by

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Every day I am confronted by the snarl of technology-gone-awry known as the American system of healthcare. The good news is we have the best healthcare technology available. The bad news is we don’t always know how or when to use these expensive tools, particularly at the end of life. This is why the mission […]

“At a moment’s notice.” An interview with Caroline Burau

July 18, 2012 by

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Caroline Burau is the author of Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat, a Reader’s Digest Editor’s Choice and finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Burau works as an emergency medical dispatcher in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and three cats. Her essay. “Life and Death and 911” gives a wry […]

End of Life Paperwork: Should you hire a consultant?

June 18, 2012 by

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Jane Brody’s recent article on advanced healthcare directives in the New York Times gave voice to something I’ve been wondering for a long time. These forms have gotten increasingly complex over the years. I know because more and more friends, relatives and relatives of friends are sending them to me to review. Can anyone who is […]