Dr. Belinda #JusticeForBreonna Setters Profile picture
Geriatric Hospitalist & Palliative Care MD. Puppies, kindness & diversity. #Delirium #Frailty #Geriatrics . Tweets are my own, not medical advice. She/Her.
15 Sep
Been processing my frustration w/ icu nurse who last week took it upon herself to tell a frail older pt who opted for #hospice care that he wasn’t dying & could beat covid. Pushed him to do deep breath exercises & ‘hold on’ until she was back on service in few days. 1-
She went on to question palliative team, icu team & anyone who would listen about her concerns that a pt sitting up & talking ‘wasn’t dying’. Despite two attending MDs, a very astute icu fellow, various residents, PAs & the pt himself telling her he was dying. 2-
She then insisted at change of shift that the pt did not understand he was opting for hospice care. The accepting hospice nurse then proceeded to have yet another very detailed goals discussion with the pt when he clearly expressed yet again his desire for comfort care. 3-
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