Dignity and Death
We have already been warned that the following weeks will be the most dramatic and tough period our country will experience due to the pandemic caused by the COVID-19. According to the Health Secretary projections, there will be between seven and nine thousand total deaths; until the time of writing these lines, the official record was 2,061 deaths due to this disease…
The COVID19 pandemic and ethics through the eyes of women
This year’s International Women’s Day was a historic occurrence in Mexico. Tens of thousands of women took to the streets on the eighth and then chose to vanish on the ninth. Each day in its own way, the so-called 8M and 9M were meant to raise awareness about femicidal violence, and the foundation of structural violence against women on which it stands. Women all across the country sought to generate a widespread debate at different levels in society, and called for active commitment from key stakeholders and decision-makers…
The Right to a Good Death in Times of Pandemic
The health crisis caused by the COVID-19 has strained the structures of our National Health System in all phases of medical care, including the one of death. The recognition of the health professionals’ performance within the framework of this pandemic is unanimous, and community initiatives and collective responsibility account for the capacity of citizens to respond to an emergency with solidarity and creativity. Still, there are some considerations regarding the management of the last phase of life, which we should also face based on those same values…
The unfounded rumor of euthanasia in Spain
No one talks about euthanasia. Only the Government—behind society’s back—is moving ahead in the process of passing a Bill; it’s still trying to rescue from the pandemic rubble motives to buttress a right to die just when the world and Spain are looking the other way, because what they want is to hear about life…
Dignified Death in Times of Coronavirus
The health crisis caused by the COVID-19 has strained the structures of our National Health System in all phases of the medical care, including death. The acknowledgment of the health professionals’ performance within the framework of this pandemic is unanimous, and neighborly initiatives and collective responsibility reveal the capacity of citizens to respond to an emergency with solidarity and creativity. However, there are some considerations regarding the management of the last phase of life, which we should also face based on those same values..
Before Death List
Medical doctor Asha Shajahan told The Huffington Post the story of a 30-year-old patient who died of COVID-19. The patient, as it normally happens, had not leave any instructions on how to proceed in case of illness or death. When he reached a critical condition, his parents got into a nasty argument. When he saw the statistics, the father advocated for avoiding any treatment that would prolong his son’s agony. The mother, for her part, wanted to do everything possible to keep her son alive, regardless of whether he would remain unconscious and stuck to a ventilator…
DMD presents new quantitative and qualitative report on palliative care
They staged the play La Lechuga (The Lettuce) that brings up the urgent need of discussing the theme of the options to die with dignity.
With the aim of warming up the debate on the extremely controversial topic of the right to a dignified death, the non-for-profit association For the Right to Die with Dignity (DMD), sponsored by the ESRU Foundation, presented one single showing of the black humor and disturbing play La Lechuga, which addresses from different viewpoints what a family lives when a close relative becomes terminally ill.
I am a doula of the end of life. Or doula of death. That’s what I like to call myself. Just as doulas of birth accompany mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium, there are doulas who accompany people at the end of life. I found that out after accompanying my sister during her illness and death, together with my family, hers also…
The medical and therapeutic use of marijuana and its byproducts, the dignified death, as well as the preservation and recovery of traditional indigenous medicine are rights established in the local Constitution that will have to be integrated into the initiative of a new health law that will be presented to the Mexico City Congress during the next normal legislative session…
What is palliative care?
It is the branch of medicine defined as the integral and interdisciplinary care that is provided to the patient and his family when a life-threatening condition is diagnosed, regardless of the outcome.
In the case of the patient’s death, the palliative caregivers keep helping the family through the grieving process.
What is its purpose
Palliative care purpose is to improve the quality of life of patients and their loved ones when they face the challenges typical of a life-threatening diagnosis. It prevents and alleviates suffering through the early identification, evaluation and correct treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.
What do the palliative caregivers do?
- They provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary care to the patient and his family, when there is a condition endangering life.
- They contain, accompany, listen, translate the language of the healing team to the patients and their loved ones; they advise them to making decisions; they coordinate the logistics of the patient’s care; and they are intermediaries between patients and their loved ones.
- They eliminate the taboos of the patient and his family as to the disease, the pain, the death, the farewell and the grieving, thus allowing to create a loving end of life.
Articles about Palliative Care
Last July 1st, a reform promoted by Senator Miguel Ángel Mancera was approved unanimously by the Senate to incorporate palliative care and the use of controlled medicines for it in Article 4 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States…
Instituto Politécnico Nacional
To improve palliative care in terminally ill patients, the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) seeks to promote a specialty in that area, so it works on the design of the academic program that it intends to implement together with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS)…
It is a way allowing a competent person to put in writing his will concerning the treatments he would want or he would not want to receive if he were to find himself in a situation where he could not express his will himself. The advance directive comes into force when the person becomes unable to make those decisions.
It is the help that a doctor gives to a patient in response to his request, and it consists in providing him with the means to put an end to his life. The help may be to give him a prescription for a lethal dose of a drug or the drug itself. The patient himself executes the final action that causes death.
Etymologically it means “good death”, and it refers to the action that a doctor performs to induce the death of a patient who has freely requested it because he is enduring an intolerable suffering for which there is no relief, and that is caused by a disease or a medical condition for which there are no healing options.
It is the active and total care of those patients who do not respond to a healing treatment, in which it is a priority to provide relief through the treatment of pain and other symptoms, as well as to care for the psychological, social and spiritual aspects.