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Prolonged Life or Prolonged Illness? Helping Patients Decide

Harrah, Mary

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000157
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: When is treatment an ordinary versus extraordinary intervention? In walking with her father through end-stage renal disease and congestive heart failure, a nurse explores the issue of appropriate intervention and the need for better education of patients. Ethical and religious directives for Catholic healthcare are discussed.

When is treatment an ordinary vs. extraordinary intervention?

Mary Harrah, BSN, RN, CPN works at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with developmentally-challenged children. Previously, she worked in a long-term care unit. Her father suffered from ESRD.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 4/14/2014.

© 2015 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship