March 20, 2014

A Hospital Wedding

At The New York Times,Haider Javed Warraich nails it with his story of a wedding conducted in an intensive care unit. The key passage?

In today’s outcome-driven, efficiency-obsessed medical world, it’s easy to forget that healing patients isn’t just about treating diseases and relieving symptoms. There are things doctors and nurses can do, meaningful interventions — like helping patients fulfill final goals or spend quality time with their families — that cannot be documented in a discharge summary or be converted into a blip on a screen.