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Facing Death [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own? When the moment comes, and you're confronted with the prospect of "pulling the plug," do you know how you'll respond? Unfounded rumors of federal "death panels" grabbed headlines last summer, but the real decisions of how we die - the questions that most of us prefer to put off - are being made quietly behind closed doors, increasingly on the floors of America's intensive care units. In this film, FRONTLINE gains access to the ICU of one of New York's biggest hospitals to examine the complicated reality of today's modern, medicalized death. Here, we find doctors and nurses struggling to guide families through the maze of end-of-life choices they now confront: whether to pull feeding and breathing tubes, when to perform expensive surgeries and therapies or to call for hospice. The film also offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.
Release Date
2010
Run Time
60 min.
Language
English
Rating
12 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 08, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Frontline (Television program)
Contents
  • Introduction (2:09)
  • Mount Sinai ICU (2:23)
  • End of Life Care (3:24)
  • Life or Death Decisions (4:00)
  • A Tough Decision (2:30)
  • A Family Vote (3:18)
  • Tail End of the Curve (2:22)
  • Trying to Cure MDS (3:06)
  • Determined to Get Better (3:51)
  • Changing the Direction of Treatment (3:37)
  • Respecting Patient Wishes (2:49)
  • Not Willing to Give Up (2:02)
  • John's Disease is Getting Worse (3:16)
  • Nobody Wants to Die Badly (4:41)
  • Hoping for a Good Death (0:53)
  • John's Prognosis (4:30)
  • Trying to Beat the Odds (3:36)
  • Credits: Facing Death (1:43)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2010.
Publisher no.
56059 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic
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