Skip to comments.Part VI Some Hospice Care Providers Hasten Death
Posted on 08/16/2008 11:01:26 AM PDT by Daniel T. Zanoza
Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a series of columns first posted on the Illinois Right to Life Committee's (IRLC) website [http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/] written by Bill Beckman, IRLC's executive director. The column discusses hospice care. Beckman relates nightmarish, firsthand recollections regarding patients and their hospice providers. This series warns readers about end of life issues and the need to monitor the care given to loved ones. The IRLC director also describes what readers can do to protect themselves from the looming culture of death which permeates the thinking of many medical facilities in our nation.
Hospice has developed a good reputation for providing compassionate care for dying patients. A key principle of this care is: hospice neither artificially prolongs life nor hastens death.
Unfortunately, this principle is no longer consistently followed in hospice care (as discussed in the previous article in this series). This lack of consistency requires a buyer beware attitude when evaluating which hospice might be appropriate to provide truly compassionate end-of-life care.
Now that we have established that at least some hospices deviate from the original mission of hospice, some real life examples will clarify how hospices can act to hasten death, while justifying such actions as compassionate and caring...
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Let them experience the pain for 24, or 2400 hours, then possibly re-evaluate their position.
As some of who is prolife, this kind of thing is embarassing and counterproductive. I suppose one could make the argument that hospice speeds up a death by giving opiates. It slows down breathing. im sure there have been some folks who died that way. but not intentionally.
this kind of thing gives the pro choice side more ammo.
I will say this. The people who wrote this article have never been terminally ill.
Reimbursement for services unfortunately can enter the picture. Some insurance payors reimburse hospice on a per case basis, thus pressure to keep costs low on any one patient, thus opening up “temptation” to hasten the process. Just think what temptations migh exist under national healthcare reimbursement ?
The deathbots have arrived.
Freepmail wagglebee to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.
You act surprised.
Shocked! Shocked, I tells ya’!
The hospice checklist linked in the article looks like a useful resource in determining if a particular hospice adheres to the original intent of hospice’s founder. http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/HospiceChecklist.htm .
You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die. ~ Dame Cicely Saunders (founder of the modern hospice movement)
And Logan’s Run:
He’s lying. No Sandman ever ran.
You don’t run. You kill runners.
You have killed runners all your life. -
Yes I have.
Now it’s my turn. And I want to
I think they started omitting the last phrase about the same time that doctors decided that the phrase, "I will keep them from harm and injustice" in the Hippocratic Oath doesn't REALLY mean what it says.
You sound like one of those people who think words have meaning.
And as BJ Clinton proved back in 1998, the left prefers to redefine words to suit whatever their agenda is at the time.
Agreed. When cancer is growing in your lungs and you have progressive air hunger you would hope that those taking care of you make sure you get what you need to dull the pain and quell the fear.
Refraining from actively killing someone is now called prolonging life.
Any objection to active involuntary euthanasia is now embarassing and counterproductive to the prolife movement.
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