Posted on November 11, 2015
In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Springer Publishing presents this article by authors Norine Dresser and Fredda Wasserman, adapted from their book Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love.
As impossible as it is to fathom, here you are, facing life’s final chapter. How can it already be time to say goodbye to your loved one? How will you make the most of this time?...
Posted on January 16, 2015
What is futile care, and why does it pose such an ethical dilemma for patients, families, nurses, and other health care professionals?
Futile care is treatment given to a patient whose condition leaves no possibility of medical benefit from it, making no difference in the outcome for the patient and placing a greater burden on the patient and/or the family. The stress for nurses occurs when they know the right action to take, insofar as acting as an agent for their patients, but are unable...