Based on life threatening illness at the end of life, and based on my understanding of her wishes
I recommend we focus on comfort measures and avoid heroic measures which may increase suffering
This would allow for a natural death
Decisions may not occur in the emergency department (but rather on the ward)
Initial treatment trial may be compromise
Non-invasive support may be used (e.g. CPAP or BIPAP instead of intubation)
Orman and Abbott in Herbert (2014) EM:Rap 14(2): 11-2
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