We have seen the future, and it sucks.

End of the Line in the ICU

28th November 2012

Read it.

You will not find a group less in favor of automatically aggressive, invasive medical care than intensive care nurses, because we see the pointless suffering it often causes in patients and families. Intensive care is at best a temporary detour during which a patient’s instability is monitored, analyzed, and corrected, but it is at worst a high tech torture chamber, a taste of hell during a person’s last days on earth.

Not to worry! Under Obamacare, all that will become an expense to the government, and so not authorized.

One Response to “End of the Line in the ICU”

  1. Dennis Nagle Says:

    From personal experience, there comes a point where prolonging life becomes prolonging death.
    Purchasing a mere handful of a few more weeks or months of breathing is not worth the time, pain, and expense involved. If Obamacare leads to an end to the pointless and seemingly endless ‘fighting withdrawal’ that is too often the end-game of a life, then I’m all for it.

    When I can no longer enjoy the things that give me pleasure I’ll find a way to check out, preferably quickly and with as little pain as possible. There’s no sense in hanging around the station once the train has left.