A 38-year-old female asked:
my grandfather was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction is too sick to operate on they put him on comfort measures and sent him to the nursing home a dr?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Amster answered
Specializes in Pediatrics
You mean a "DNR"?: It is unfortunate and sad when a loved one gets sick to the point where further treatment will just cause more pain without helping. At that point we try to make them as comfortable as possible. A dnr means "do not resuscitate", meaning if he has a heart attack or starts dying, he won't be shocked or have compressions started. He also won't be intubated and put on a ventilator.
Answered on May 3, 2018
Dr. Crystal Twynham answered
32 years experience General Surgery
Compassion & Care: It sounds like the doctors involved in your grandfather's care are providing compassion in not subjecting him to a painful operation that could have multiple complications, prolonged hospitalization, multiple procedures, and make his final days miserable. Sometimes the best choice is to give people pain medication, a quiet comfortable atmosphere, and time to be with their loved ones; this is good.
Answered on Mar 19, 2017
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