• Death Interrupted

  • How Modern Medicine Is Complicating the Way We Die
  • By: Blair Bigham
  • Narrated by: Robert Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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By: Blair Bigham
Narrated by: Robert Lee
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Doctors today can call on previously unimaginable technologies to help keep our bodies alive. In this new era, most organs can be kept from dying almost indefinitely by machines. But this unprecedented shift in end-of-life care has created a major crisis. In the widening grey zone between life and death, doctors fight with doctors, families feel pressured to make tough decisions about their loved ones and lawyers are left to argue life-and-death cases in the courts. Meanwhile, intensive care patients are caught in purgatory, attached to machines and unable to speak for themselves.

In Death Interrupted, Dr Blair Bigham seeks to help listeners understand the options facing them at the end of their lives. Through conversations with end-of-life professionals - including ethicists, social workers and nurses and doctors who practise palliative care—and observations from his own time working in ambulances, emergency rooms and the ICU, Bigham exposes the tensions inherent in this new era of dying and answers the tough questions facing us all. Because now, for the first time in human history, we may be able to choose how our own story ends.

©2022 Dr Blair Bigham (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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As a healthcare professional, it took me a while to get over the mispronunciation of common medical terms like ECMO pronounced E-C-M-O, or trach with a short A, peg tube pronounced P-E-G tube, etc. However, that’s not the fault of the author.
This book helped me rethink my approach technology and death. The author has clearly been on a journey to understand life and death and I’m glad he shared his findings in this book. I don’t agree with all the points but can see how he got there. Nonetheless, it will make me change how I approach end of life conversations for my pediatric patients and their caregivers.