No. 6 | Mini Quiz – Station 4

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A quick summary of how to break down your conversation with the patients relative

  1. Introduce yourself;
  2. Establish what the relative already knows;
  3. Find out what his concerns are and what his expectations are for his son;
  4. Address these concerns;
  5. Clearly explain any terms that you use e.g. to non-medical people terminology like coma, unconscious and persistent vegetative state could have been interpreted incorrectly;
  6. Be alert to cues e.g. is the father starting to disagree with you?
  7. Be honest about the prognosis;
  8. Be honest that there is uncertainty;
  9. Allow time for the father to ask questions.

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“You have been asked to discuss the concerns a father has over the treatment of his 21 year old son. He has type-1 diabetes and sustained a severe brain injury due to a prolonged period of hypoglycaemia. He breathes spontaneously, receives percutaneous feeding and has already had two episodes of pneumonia. To medical staff he has not shown any reaction to his surroundings

The father believes that his son smiles at him and reacts to his favourite music being played. He believes that his son will recover and is concerned that the doctors might withdraw medical treatment”

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No. 6 | Mini Quiz – Station 4