Wikis > Futile medications in hospice

Futile meds in hospice:

  • Percent mortality = age + burn % : treating a patient who very old, fragile and extensive burn, think twice.
  • withholding futile meds or medical care does speed  nor encourage the onset of death.
  • Hippocratic oath : “under no circumstances will we prescribe a deadly drug nor give give advice which may cause death”.
  • Futile meds: no further benefits using the meds, but may prolong death / dying process, desired outcome can not be met, anything < 5 % chances of success would be futile, poor quality of life to continue the treatment, no useful purpose

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