posted on Nov, 1 2012 @ 06:40 PM
reply to post by Liberal1984
What happened in Auz, I don’t know, to much pain killers can kill, but in no way that a patient would have the ability to say “they have given me
too much and it will kill me” with any certainty. As with what happened to Harriet the LCP is not the cause of her death, rather it was the
framework that those caring for her used to give her as a peaceful death as possible.
People are sent into hospital to die, I have seen it happen more times that I care to remember, yes it’s probably not the best place but it happens
most of the time it’s because the family just don’t care or are not able to provide the care required at home and hospice beds are like gold dust.
Or many come into hospital to be cured, there are complications and developments and they then go onto palliative care in hospital. Providing
palatine care is part of my job, if you don’t like it that’s fine just thank your lucky stars you’re not the guy on the end having to give out a
death message to a distraught family once a week.
On this issue of euthanasia, I don’t want to get into it with you, quite frankly we are arguing on two different levels and I don’t think you’re
able to compare my points as you are not medically trained nor appear to have any appreciation for medical ethics. Not the answer you want I know but
it’s what you’re getting.
If you don’t ever want to be put on a Liverpool care pathway that’s fine, go get a advanced directive, if your ever in hospital have them document
that you don’t want a LCP and tell your family about it. If you ever find yourself with a terminal condition speak to your palliative care
specialist nurse about wants regarding your care. in the end what you will probably end up doing is going through the LCP but without the name tag,
you will tell them under no circumstances to withdraw nutritional support and that will be fine. So long as you are of sound mind you can make
whatever decisions you want about your health