. An elderly man was admitted to the ICU and evaluated by six blind physicians. . The blind cardiologist noted that the patient had a malignant pericardial effusion with tamponade. She recommended an immediate pericardial drain followed by intra-pericardial chemotherapy. . The blind oncologist noted that the patient had stage IV lung cancer. He recommended […]
Aggressive palliative care is just as important as aggressive critical care in the ED. Sometimes we will be the first physicians to talk to a family about end of life issues, even if their loved one is terminally ill. Now that is not how it should be, but it just means that we must be just as skilled at family palliative care discussions as we are at floating a transvenous pacer. In this podcast, I discuss my vision of how to handle palliative care issues in the ED.