Letter: Norman Duncan, Ashburn

Editor: My interest as the organizer of the annual Labor of Love Day to Honor Caregivers each Labor Day has been my community endeavors since we first started this campaign five years ago,

During this period, the illness has mushroomed out of control and this pandemic is sweeping the world. Not one helpful protocol to abate this disease has been developed. We are still following the hospice/palliative route, as the old expression goes, stuck in the mud. Nursing homes under hospice discharge patients to their homes when palliative signs begin. At that time, the doctor discharges the patient on the premise of being terminal.

I have designed a different protocol home-bound patients may become more susceptible to other illness when not being monitored even though a nurse might make infrequent visits they lack diagnostic equipment. They always make sure you have enough morphine to counter pain and continue until the patient succumbs.

Pardon my inventive mind as I develop my theory based on observation and a humanitarian concern. People do not die from Alzheimer’s, contrary to many death certificates. They die from conditions of the brain that cause failure of vital organs.

Starring me in the face is a need, the introduction of a new medical discipline, a critical care doctor. This practice would visit the patient, order new medicine, order a review of vitals, hospitalize if necessary, and correct any illness they identify, to sustain life. If practiced, this could eliminate hospice and palliative needs and the patient so identified with Alzheimer’s dementia can stay in their own home and immediately come under the care of the critical care doctor. I anticipate better results than the current system.

Bottom line, prevent the anticipated death timeline if the patient can be sustained without pain.

Norman Duncan, Ashburn

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