Dr. Paul A. Byrne is a neonatologist; founder of Life Guardian Foundation focusing on end-of-life issues; producer of the film Continuum of Life; author of Life, Life Support and Death, Beyond Brain Death, and Brain Death is Not Death as well as other articles against euthanasia, abortion, and "brain death"; a pro-life advocate who defends those who are unable to communicate on their own behalf.
And now with the COVID19 circling around all of us and “killing” our elderly in nursing homes, he speaks out about the dangers that have elevated for our loved ones! The Associated Press conducted a survey in the U.S. and found nearly 11,000 COVID-related nursing home deaths across the country as of April 24. There are many concerns during this time of sheltering at home and social distancing. Separation of loved ones in nursing homes from family and visitors, including clergy, done for their protection from COVID-19, was sudden and not predictable and raises other questions concerning care needs of these vulnerable persons.
Dr. Paul Byrne will discuss:
Advance Directives; Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders; POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments); Brain Death; COVID19 and other medical topics that affect the direction that society has gone. Is there ever going to be a turning back?
Once society and medicine has accepted 1) calling people “dead” who are really alive, participating in their deaths, 2) advance directives that aim at refusing or limiting treatments and care, it is an easy step to 3) palliative care principles that further limit treatments with their focus on symptoms, not cures. Where do we go from here??
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