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It's Hard to Die!:

It's Hard to Die!: "Do I Hold On or Do I Let Go?"


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Chapter one of this book is named, So Here I Am—in a Place I Never Imagined. Don't find yourself there! Quite often, heart-wrenching, end-of-life decisions must be made at a moment's notice by laypersons and healthcare professionals alike. This book was written to help you understand many of the issues you may face, and help you unravel their complexity—so, when the time comes, you can think clearly and make informed decisions on behalf of the dying—be it you, loved ones, or your patients.

FOR THE LAYPERSON—Are you truly prepared? Have you discussed your wishes with a trusted individual? Are you certain your final wishes will be carried out? It is not just about having your Last Will and Testament and pre-paid burial in place. Be aware of what you may encounter at the end of your life because some decisions can land you amid a technological hell.

FOR HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL—A must-read book for all nurses and nursing students, all respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy students, and all healthcare personnel directly involved with patients nearing or at the end of life. Are you prepared to handle the mental, emotional, and spiritual issues of your patients, their families, and yourself during such crucial moments? Some of the important elements covered are:

Legal considerations regarding end-of-life decisions | How CPR it is performed, it's success rate, possible complications | Life-support vs mechanical ventilation | How modern technology prolongs the dying process | How modern technology blurs the line between life and death | What is terminal? | Prolonging life vs quality of life | The consequences of withholding the truth regarding your illness or outcome | What it means to hold on or let go!

This book is not about palliative care or understanding the bereavement processes. It's about those unfortunate patients and their families caught in the nightmarish world of modern medical technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781666209792
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 11/27/2020
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Enrique A. Cordero became a respiratory therapist in 1973 and has a background in anthropology. Although he served as a Director of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, his primary area of expertise as a clinician was caring for critically ill patients and their loved ones. He became a Reiki Master in 1996 and successfully melded Western and Eastern philosophies of patient care into his respiratory care practice. After 45 years of clinical practice, Enrique retired in 2018.

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