Family Experiences of Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

‘Aggressive’ treatment of infections

Sometimes a decision is taken that a patient should be for "‬No aggressive treatment of infections"‪. Unlike decisions such as ‘Do Not Attempt Resuscitation’ this can be quite a vague statement. Precisely what this means in practice will depend on the particular patient and the type of infection, and how people respond at the time.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Here people reflect on how things have been discussed with them, and the decisions taken, and what it might mean to prioritise ‘comfort care’.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Sometimes patients are treated by default, without proper discussion of the correct course of action. When Miggy’s son was close to death with an infection she wishes nature had been allowed to take its course:

Fern is someone who has changed her mind over time about how her partner’s should be treated.

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