Life or Death

 Posted by on 5 April 2007 at 12:12 pm  Uncategorized
Apr 052007

In her discussion of ethics, Ayn Rand noted that “the fundamental alternative is life or death”.

But when I recently took my recertification class for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support aka ACLS (which includes the various drug and defibrillation protocols for the different forms of cardiac arrest), our instructor told us that it was helpful to think of our patients as falling into one of the following four categories:

“Stable, unstable, kind-of-dead, and really dead”.

The treatment algorithms then divided up quite neatly along those lines.

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