Saturday, July 28, 2007

Time of Death, 11:36am

So Dr. M had to call a patient today. This is the first time I've seen someone die on the floor (seen 3 or 4 in the ER). Was an 90something year old woman, DNR, had a mid-brain bleed while in a nursing home, was admitted officially for the bleed, but really so that she could die peacefully.

I never realized how much you have to do to pronounce someone. Pupils have to be fixed and dilated, no gag reflex, listen for 1 minute for absent heartbeat, absent Babinski's sign. Then there's the paperwork...don't get me started on that.

It was humbling, to say the least.