It is counterintuitive to give end-of-life care to patients when it does not prolong their lives. Medical journal author Charles Ornstein didn’t make that mistake when his mother was on a ventilator.
Ornstein knows how serious end-of-life care can become and how the provisions concerning the ventilator are important. He also states that his mother does not want to be placed on a ventilator for a prolonged amount of time with no chance of recovery, as do most patients. The real dilemma is the expenses that come along with end-of-life care and the ventilators. Medical expenses should be spent to promote health, not for someone that is no longer healthy or technically not alive. Keeping a family member in the ICU can become a financial burden. Two extra days on a ventilator can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars and because of this, Ornstein had his mother taken off of the ventilator after five days.