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The Right Paperwork for Your End-of-Life Wishes

The patient’s heart was barely contracting under my ultrasound probe, like a limp handshake. He was in shock, his ineffective heartbeat unable to maintain the pressure necessary to keep his organs alive. And now he was on full life support on my service in the intensive care unit. Our ultrasound completed, the resident resumed her presentation of the case. The troops had already been called in, she assured me. The cardiologists were considering taking him for a heart catheterization to determine if there was a blockage that could be reversed. The respiratory therapists were fiddling with the knobs on […]