10/3/12 — I have written before about the UK’s National Health Service protocol known as the Liverpool Care Pathway. After many families complained that their loved ones were allowed to die in agony by NHS doctors, the Pathway was developed to ensure that patients who needed to be sedated received the necessary relief.
But the plan’s intended nuances got quickly lost in the connect-the-dots approach that plagues centralized health care systems. As I wrote about here at NRO, too many people were being sedated–patients not imminently dying and/or not in the kind of unrelievable agony for which sedation is supposed to be reserved. There was even one case in which a man was sedated and dehydrated to death, whose autopsy showed, wasn’t dying at all.
Now, a new corrective has been put in place requiring two doctors to sign off on sedating a patient.