Palliative Care and ICU
Siobhan Bell, RN, BScN, MN
When people think about an intensive care unit (ICU), they usually picture the beeping and humming sounds of machines. They picture nurses, doctors and other health care providers doing a dance that is going to fix or save their loved one. While in many cases this is true, there is the other side to the ICU. The side where the dance is the dance of comfort. The dance that always ends in death. The goal of this dance is to bring the end for the patient and their loved ones, in a way that we are providing comfort and the opportunities for goodbye’s.