April 2006, Volume 36 Number 4 , p 66 - 66
I was caring for a dying, unconscious patient who was receiving I.V. morphine for pain control. When I assessed her at the beginning of my shift, she seemed to be comfortable. But when I left the room, her daughter chased me down the hall and demanded more pain medicine for her mother, “right away.” I declined, explaining that her mother seemed comfortable at the present dosage. She got upset and marched away. The patient died about 24 hours later, still very comfortable. Do you think I did the right thing?