Posts Tagged ‘End of Life Care’

We need to know who will make end-of-life decisions for Pope

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Since the pope has no wife or children, he needs to designate someone who can make end-of-life decisions for him should he be unable to make them for himself. And the rest of the church needs to know who it is. Otherwise, arguments over his treatment can divide the church for decades, even after his Read more

Medical advances require greater wisdom, Pope says

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The intersection between medical advances and human mortality mean we now need “greater wisdom” in evaluating the good of the patient, Pope Francis says. He was speaking to the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and European World Medical Association representatives who met last week to discuss “end of life” issues. “Greater wisdom is Read more

Conversations that count day -advance care planning

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Saturday was Conversations That Count Day, a national initiative promoting advance care planning. The initiative seeks to raise awareness about advance care planning so that people start thinking, talking and planning for their future and end of life care. “Completing an advance care plan is appropriate for any time of life,” Middlemore Hospital renal department Read more

Talking about death: end-of-life care

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande’s new book focuses on medical care for the dying. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about end-of-life priorities, when treatment is a mistake and how rules in care homes are made to be broken. SPIEGEL: Doctor Gawande, are you beginning to feel your age? Gawande: Without question. I had Read more

Bioethics storm over hydration and nutrition of patient

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Doctors at a French hospital have decided not withdraw hydration and nutrition from a quadriplegic man who has been at the centre of a bioethical debate. Vincent Lambert became a quadriplegic and was left in a comatose state after a motorcycle accident in 2008. In 2013, Lambert’s wife and six of his eight siblings asked Read more