End of life packages exposed
Saw not sure where you got this video from. This son who lost his father and as stated was his carer. Must have given consent.
Here in UK we use JIC(Just In Case) medicines when someone is deemed palliative/End Of Life either by their GP or if initiated by the hospital then confirmed by GP.
Medications that are given JIC are morphine/midazolam and glycopyrronium bromide OR hyoscine butyybromide normally and anti-sickness medication too.
These meds are given as and when and eventually if the patient deteriorates then a syringe driver is put in subcutaneously delivering small amounts over 12/24 hrs. You'll be very hard pushed to find someone on a syringe driver for more than a week.
Uk sits around the 4th best in the world for end of life treatment.
I've been to many palliative patients where PRN injections are needed- The relief from pain is amazing. The use of midazolam in pancreatic or liver cancer patients works a treat when morphine has been maxed. The patient gets to sleep for a few hours and then so does the family.
I've been to some of those care homes he mentions and they are overseen by a GP but it is palliative nurses and hospice nurses and district nurses and out of hour paramedics/doctors that treat the patient with a full drug chart in place. The hospice or home doesn't knock them off. We in fact go verify death as the hospice is not allowed to. South of England is the place to retire so has plenty of old folk.
Is it a fine line between euthanasia and treatment? Perhaps in some instances.