As residents in training, we say goodbye to our patients many times over the course of our career. I am not referring to the encounters with dying patients in the hospital, but rather the goodbyes that accompany rotating “off service,” from one team to another.
One day, I sat in a room surrounded by multiple family members to update them on their loved one’s condition. He had been hospitalized for weeks, initially with a subarachnoid hemorrhage followed by hypernatremia and post–intensive care unit delirium among other diagnoses. I discussed with them his current medications and the next steps moving forward, adding that the overall plan would continue to be reevaluated as the new team rotates on.
DeFilippis EM. Saying Goodbye. JAMA Intern Med. Published online October 09, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4017