We know that outcomes in the elderly w/ #covid19 in the ICU have been abysmal.
Many of these people will end up dying alone on ventilators, if they even get on one.
And is the time to discuss this when someone is critically ill in the hospital surrounded by people they've never met?
Primary care doctors NEED to be reaching out to their high risk patients, NOW
Leaving our patients to figure out their code status or end-of-life decisions in the middle of crisis is a form of harm, in my opinion.
It is avoidable. We need to address it.
Will make sure to share it when it is out.
This might be one of the biggest things we as docs can do, right now.
If you're a high risk patient, call your doctor.
These are important conversations.
And it is even more important that patients are having these BEFORE they are truly sick