• Question: as a doctor do you have a live threatening decisions ?

    Asked by Rachel to Ali on 4 Nov 2017.
    • Photo: Ali Blatcher

      Ali Blatcher answered on 4 Nov 2017:


      As a doctor you have to make some tough decisions at times and yes, this can include deciding whether it is time for someone to stop having treatment. This is called “palliating” somebody.
      We also have forms that we fill in where the doctor identifies patients that will not survive resuscitation, such as CPR, and allows them to slip away more peacefully. These are decisions we make on a day to day basis and it can be hard.