Friday, August 6, 2010

I Wish Everyone Lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin

I'm lacking in things to say right now, but this is yet another lovely piece by Dr. Atul Gawande. This time, it's on end of life care and how we choose it and reject it. The article touches on several points, but includes one simple measure that a Wisconsin town took for all patients entering its hospital. It has resulted in a significant reduction in end of life costs.

1. Do you want to be resuscitated if your heart stops?

2. Do you want aggressive treatments such as intubation and mechanical ventilation?

3. Do you want antibiotics?

4. Do you want tube or intravenous feeding if you can’t eat on your own?

Atul Gawande at the New Yorker: Letting Go

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