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What do you say to somebody who knows that they are about to die? Print E-mail
Written by Nathaniel Fleming, KevinMD   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:47
 
I've had lots of practice comforting people. I've had to tell patients that their cancer is back in a busy emergency department. I've updated family members of patients who are being kept alive by machines in the intensive care unit. I've walked alongside patients as they get rolled into an operating room, and crouched down by a patient's bed as they writhe in pain. There have been moments of fear, grief, sadness, and agony. Although the context is always unique, the messages are inevitably similar: I'm sorry that this is happening. We're going to do everything we can to make this better.
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:51
 


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