If you have a loved one who’s suffering right now, consider this, translated…
The amendments for terminal care on January 9, 2013 had been passed into law. Based off of this newly amended clause, the terminally ill can choose whether to be kept alive on a respirator, or to be unplugged, but, even though, this new law had been set up for more than a year and a half, the public still knows too little about it, and, those who’d registered for this service in the total populations is low to the point of unimaginable.
Naturally, for any social services education to be successful, it would be very slow, just like organ donations, and, the issues relating to life and death is even harder, and, for these values to become mainstreamed, it will need a long-term education of the public.
The Laws are Set Up to be More Lenient
The amendment this time focuses on lowering the standards of the use of CPR and the respirators.
So long as the patient her/himself agrees, or without the papers signed, there would only be two doctors to confirm, along with a family member, like a spouse, an adult child, a grandchild, or parents, and, there would NOT be a need for the decision to go through the morality department of the hospital to evaluate, and the person can be taken off life support, and this, is already more workable compared to before the amendments were written out.
This amendment, IS based off of morality of medical treatment, and is a very forward legislation measure.
Actually, CPR is used to help people who’d gone into cardiac arrest, for instance, drowning victims, electrocuted, in a car accident, or someone who’s having a heart attack, and it’s a necessary measure.
But, to the “terminally ill” who’d suffered for a long term, like cancer patients, and those with heart, lung, liver, kidney, or brain deteriorations, you can’t save them with CPR, and the individuals can only die after they’d been tortured and wasted by the advances in medical measures.
Actually, the National Health Insurance Agency spends of four hundred billion patients on saving the terminally ill, which is over a-tenth of the total amount paid into the national health insurance; of them all, most attempts are in saving those who couldn’t be saved, even WITH the advances in medicine AND technology, the already terminally-ill.
It shouldn’t be that hard, to differentiate those whose hearts stopped and those who are terminally ill. If there’s trouble, then, the medical world should define more clearly, so, there would be clear-cut guidelines.
In an article on my blog, “If I can’t wake up again, do NOT conspire with the doctors to torture me”, in the article, I’d stated how I viewed the issues of do-not-resuscitate, and, right after the post, my article had been passed all over the internet.
All the replies, are all in support of DNR; only some, had focused on the precisions of the words I’d used, and they’d had a difference of opinion.
Terminal care would naturally be used for those with a detrimental deteriorating condition, if the doctors knew that emergency measures, such as CPR or tracheotomy couldn’t save the lives, and these measures are merely lengthening the sufferings, then, they should consider NOT tubing the patients up.
Take Away the Fears Toward Death
If it’s pointless to put the tubes into the terminally ill, then, there must be responsibilities to help the patient to unplug, so they can pass away in peace. Not using tracheotomy and not hooking the patients onto the respirators, naturally couldn’t be thought of as the last resort that the doctors can give to the patients and the members of the family. But, if the patient is lucid and clearly showed that s/he would like to know all the options, the doctors must tell the options truthfully to the patients.
I believe, in order to make medical treatment for the terminally ill understood, education is a must, but, the point is in taking away the fears that people may have toward death, and lessening their expectations of the hopes that the treatment options may bring.
Death is a natural part of life, also a part of life itself, it’s the basics of life education. And, the mythical belief of a magical cure must be take away too, the paramedics must have the courage and the duties, to tell the patients along with the families the truth about the patients’ conditions, along with the limits of the medical staff and the medical measures too.
Maintaining the Dignities of One’s Life
What’s more importantly, the education of the paramedics. The paramedics’ lack of understanding of what terminal care is, and waiving the rights to tell the ill about the options, and forcefully saved the lives of those who are going to die, in my opinion, is torturing the patients.
And so, this, is a very SERIOUS issue that we’d encountered today, like it or don’t, you MUST be prepared for it, because, nobody CAN know the precise moment, or HOW one will die, and so, it’s better to be prepared for death, and, there are so many options out there, and, you just have to sort through them, and figure out, what, exactly it is that you may want, and, talk to your kids about it, so they’d know how to handle these issues, if and when it does come up in the future.