Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Unfortunately for every “good” death, there are many which are much more stormy and drawn out.

It is sad to read and to know that most people in western society die in hospital or in an institution. Keeping death out of sight and out of mind in this way means that most people have little experience of death and dying.

“When illness or age present an inescapable conclusion to life, then it is the doctor’s dilemma to ensure a good death. However, the challenge is that this good death must occur within the constraint that medication must not be given to accelerate death, nor to relieve symptoms that are distressing to the family (as treatment is only permitted for the direct benefit of the patient).

Maybe it is time to question the belief that it is wrong to treat a dying patient in order to minimise the distress that their dying may cause their closest relatives. After all, few of us would desire our own deaths to be viewed as “something from a horror movie” and would support actions that might help our family at this difficult time.”

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End-of-Life, Healthcare, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Life, Love…

{“Jack Davies hasn’t planned his funeral but he knows how he wants to die. When the time comes – and soon – the 53-year-old says he will succumb to the terminal cancer ravaging his organs.  He doesn’t want resuscitation or medical intervention to prolong life. He doesn’t want to be rushed to Nambour General Hospital. He just wants to lay quietly in bed, at home in Tewantin, with wife Ange by his side, singing softly into his ear which doctors say will be the last sense to go. “I know I’m going to die,” whispers Jack in a weak and breathy voice, as he sits pale and tired on his favourite couch in a dark, curtained lounge room. “I’m just happy I’ll die at home.”}

Given the choice, many would also choose this option; to die at home surrounded by those that we love and are important to us. Most do not want to be in a hopsital in an uncomfortable bed, surrounded by medical staff, listening to machines and being attached to tubes. I don’t.

Others may choose the medical environment as they do not want their loved ones to witness ‘their’ slowly deterioration and eventual death.

What would you choose if you had the choice? Home or hospital?


Source: Life, Love

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Accompanying the Family

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends.

From Asociación Humanizar of Hospital San Juan de Alicante, we have been informed about the following workshop on 25 March:

One of the projects of this volunteer is the accompaniment and listening to/with the relatives of the patients admitted to the ICU: welcome them and accompanied by giving them some instructions and helping them to wear coveralls when a patient requires contact or respiratory isolation.

They wait with the families during the visit and are responsible for give comfort and even embrace people who need it.

For more information about this workshop, click here (only available in Spanish).

Excellent initiative that goes in harmony with the concept redesign your waiting room pointed by Isidro Manrique (@uciero) which is already been presented in our talks

What about you? How would you improve this space and handling it in a more useful area?

Share it with us, we want to hear you!

By Dr. Gabi Heras, ICU Physician
*Re-posted with permission
Original can be found at:
Healthcare, ICU

Never Underestimate the Power of FORCE

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends.

Never underestimate the power of Force, because is very intense in the Hospital.

Hospital Universitario de Torrejón was “invaded” on December 30 by the soldiers of the Empire from Star Wars. A different way of living together Christmas with the “Kings of the Galaxy.’

The event was organized together with the associations AFADACS (Association of families affected by brain damage adquired), ASTOR (Association of parents of persons with Mental retardation) and the Association of Women Ada Byron, with the collaboration of the school of Football of Torrejón.

The event began in the Hall of the hospital with 40 children from ASTOR to that handed out toys and books to continue with a magic performance. Later, members of the associations and those of the Spanish Garrison 501st Legion visited hospitalized children upstairs and were that in emergencies to gave them toys and books.

There are more than a thousand ways to help, to smile and putting diseases aside, even for a while.
And certainly they works.

By Gabi Heras, ICU Physician
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