Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Would You Like a Single or Double Patient Room?

    The issue of a single or double patient room remains not only in discussion but in operation. While research has shown the benefits of single-patient rooms, many hospitals that have not been recently remodeled or rebuilt still have double patient rooms. The biggest challenges of double occupancy are risks of infection, noise, and lack of privacy.

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  • End of Life Care Decisions, Part 2: Knowing What to Do, When

    The topic of end of life care has been on many of our minds recently. Last week I wrote about the choice between “do not resuscitate” (DNR) and “allow natural death” (AND) in end of life care. In a series of essays called “The End”, published by the New York Times last month, people who work in

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  • End of Life Care Decisions: DNR or AND?

    The practices of end of life care globally are trapped in semantics, cultural demons, and fear. The term “do not resuscitate” or DNR, has not been around for hundreds of years. Rather it only came into use after we learned that we could bring someone back from the brink of death, that we could keep them

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