“Call the family. Let them know she passed away.”

She was an ICU downgrade. Hospice care is what they told me. We added her name to our list, and my senior resident told me she was now my patient. I did not have a clear story. Sepsis? Complications? The ICU note was lengthy. Rounds were coming up, and I needed to see all my patients.

I went into her room. She was breathing slow. Oxygen saturation dipping. Unconscious. I asked …

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