OPINIONDr. Karl A Lorenz, Opinion Contributor Published 6:00 a.m. ET April 11, 2020 | Updated 9:07 a.m. ET April 11, 2020Coronavirus may tax hospitals with more critically ill patients than they can handle. Ask yourself hard questions now and make end of life plans.One of my most stinging failures as a physician happened soon after internal medicine residency. I was caring for an elderly man recently diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer. When I met with the patient and his wife, the most important thing they stressed was that he didn’t want to die at the hospital. The patient emphasized avoiding uncomfortable treatments, and that if death was near, he wanted to be at home.My training in the early 1990s did not prepare me to provide good palliative and end of life care. My patient was seeing an oncologist in San Diego, an hour away, and I left on several weeks’ vacation during which things for my patient took a turn for the worse. When I returned, he was back in the hospital for an intestinal blockage. He quickly deteriorated from complications following surgery and died in the intensive care unit.Today, I find myself serving as a primary care and palliative


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