Fillers

A little understanding

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7508.97 (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:97
  1. Rubeta Matin, senior house officer ([email protected])
  1. King's College Hospital, London

    When I was a house officer I was bleeped to a ward to watch a man pass the last few moments of his life. He was “not for resuscitation,” but I was called because his relatives were so distressed. On arrival, I remember feeling overwhelmed and helpless. I became rather angry at the nursing staff for the inappropriate call. Afterwards I told my colleagues about how it really wasn't my job to be there for the relatives. “What could I possibly have offered?” I naively said. It was the combination of avoiding a difficult and awkward situation and plain stupidity that led me to …

    View Full Text

    Sign in

    Log in through your institution

    Free trial

    Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
    Sign up for a free trial

    Subscribe