Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN


November 21, 2016

Care Decisions After Acute Stroke

Mrs E is an 86-year-old woman admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) 4 days ago following a stroke. She lives at home with her husband (who has dementia) and a live-in paid caregiver. Her stroke symptoms have stabilized except for increased confusion, but there is concern for her renal function, which has been impaired by the acute stroke and chronic effects of diabetes.

Mrs E's daughter lives out of state, and her son has been at the hospital for only limited amounts of time because he is assisting with his father's care while his mother is hospitalized. An elderly cousin who is close to Mrs E has been at the hospital frequently, praying at the bedside.


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