Investigation results are a false crutch for breaking bad news to patients
Several years out of medical school, I was working my first general medical registrar job as the night cover in a rural hospital. An elderly gentleman, unconscious and intubated, was brought in by ambulance to our emergency department. A computed tomography (CT) scan of his brain showed massive bilateral haemorrhages. I phoned my consultant, discussed the case, and agreed that a “not for resuscitation” order was appropriate.
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