The insanity of pain management in the ER
One of medicine’s ethical traditions is to relieve suffering whenever possible. I believe in this, and try to treat all of my patients as I myself would want to be treated under similar circumstances.
My dilemma is, even after practicing medicine for over 30 years, the definition of a “suffering patient” has become a moving target.
On the one hand, I hear arguments primarily from governmental agencies that presume to “advocate for …