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Refusing To Continue Dialysis

Posted on March 17th, 2010 by Dr. Blumenfield

An 82 year old grandmother with her family’s support requests termination of hemodialysis that she is receiving for end stage renal disease.
A second psychiatric opinion determines that she really does not want to die and she had mistakenly believes that is what her family wished. After a family meeting, the family is able to readjust their support of her and she continues on dialysis. There is a brief review of various forms of dialysis treatment and the fact that Medicare pays for this treatment regardless of the age of the patient.