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Nurses and Tatoos-slightly long, but if we need to think about this!!
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- Subject: Nurses and Tatoos-slightly long, but if we need to think about this!!
- From: "Spencer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 11:36:08 -0600
I just have to jump in here!!!
1. If none of you have ever seen what happens
during a 'resuscitation' then you really need to watch the ER show or the Trauma
series on TLC.
2. Nurses KNOW about those things. Often the
patient cannot talk for themselves or the family will be in disagreement about
what to do... I work ER and have had to deal with families fighting over what to
do... Not fun. EVERYONE needs to know what they want done in the
event of becoming brain dead and on life support or have a totally incurable
disease where 'heroics' will only prolong the agony.. one type of case is severe
emphysema.. which is long, slow suffocation and when they are put on life
support can end up on it for months or never get off. Terminal
cancer is another big problem.... just go visit a cancer hospital for the
experience of a lifetime!!! I am not saying not to do what is available at
this point in time for treatment. But I have had to do CPR on patients who
are adults and look like they came from the concentration camp. They
are eaten with cancer or emphysema and we only prolong their agony if they
survive the CPR. There are times when modern medicine is not
3. I am not talking about not doing CPR on
someone who is out shopping or whatever and suddenly collapses with a heart
attack or a stroke. But when someone is very debilitated from
a long term illness that has already ravaged their body, there needs to be a
point at which enough is enough.
4. IF the individual makes the decision and
tells their family, then the family won't end up in confusion about what to
do. My father is 85 and still goes to his WWII reunions. Every yr
there are fewer of them. HE HAD MADE THE DECISION NOT TO HAVE CPR A LONG
TIME AGO. We all know what his wishes are-- Let nature take it's
5. In the case of those who are not
debilitated and have an accident, then all should be done.... But when one
is dying of liver failure from alcoholism, there just isn't much left to
6. Those who are determined to be brain dead
but have a healthy body can still donate much needed organs. Being
declared brain dead is a bit complicated and is not done without family
support. But this goes back to the discussion of who wants to live
in a persistent vegetative state. A rough decision at best. BUT when
the individual has already made that decision for themselves, then the medical
community and the family need to respect that. MANY are being helped by
organ donation. BUT it is hard to talk to families during the first
few hours of the death or declaration of brain dead when the patient and
family have NEVER even considered it.
7. Finally, be a mature adult and make those
decisions BEFORE you need to. My sons know what my wishes are.
BUT one is in Germany and another in Okinawa. So I really need to get one
of those tatoos too!!
8. Seems to me that the tatoo can be placed
where the medics can find it and can be done with some artistry!!
JUST IMHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( and
having worked ER over 20 yrs!!) Mary Ann
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