Accepting End of Life Care Realities - When the Choices are Limited
Aga Khan University Karachi Pakistan, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sajid Iqbal
Aga Khan University Karachi Pakistan
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 13, 2013; Accepted date: October 21, 2013; Published date: October 27, 2013
Citation: Iqbal S (2013) Accepting End of Life Care Realities - When the Choices are Limited. J Clin Res Bioeth 4:163. doi: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000163
Copyright: © 2013 Iqbal S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
As a nursing instructor, I was rounding with my students in the Intensive Care Unit [ICU] when my junior colleagues expressed discomfort about the management of a 25 years old man, admitted after head injury in a road traffic accident. The gentleman in question was being ventilated for the last ten days although declared brain dead. However, despite effective communication, family refused to give consent to disconnect the ventilator. They were not ready to accept the brain death, as the patient’s heart rhythm was visible on cardiac monitor. There was no evidence of patient’s own wishes about his end of life care.