Tag Archives: patient communication

Comfort Care

Contributed by: Mary Garrison, RN – Palliative Care Nursing, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center When someone is nearing the end of their life, caregivers may begin asking the patient and loved ones how they feel about stopping aggressive treatments. These treatments are ones that are meant to prolong life, but sometimes have a serious impact […]



Exploring Organ Donation

Contributed By: Amy Kroos, Registered Nurse – OSF Saint Anthony Palliative Care Organ Donation Facts According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are more than 116,000 persons on the national transplant waiting list. 20 persons die each day waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Every 14 minutes, a new name is added […]



Having the Right End of Life Discussions

Recently, reading an article in Journal of the American Medical Association and also a blog from Boston Children’s Hospital, has caused me to think about the conversations we are not having. Amy Sanderson, MD, an intensivist at Boston Children’s Hospital, has done a survey with physicians and nurses practicing in oncology, intensive care, and cardiac […]