Death and Dying 1987–2017: The Destination Is the Same, the Journey Is Different

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Abstract

Objective:

A personal reflection on the changing landscape with regard to case mix, care, and staffing and how mortality and expectations have evolved over the past 30 years in a multidisciplinary Pediatric Critical Care Unit in a Quaternary level academic institution in Canada.

Conclusions:

Many of the preventable deaths have been prevented with Public Health initiatives. Death now is increasingly in complex patients with complicated treatment regimes in a society that has increasingly unrealistic expectations of what modern medicine can do. Many of these complex children do not die but are dependent on our technology and skill set—something we are often ill prepared for.

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