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Would you like to know if you're dying in 30 days?

Update: January, 30/2015 - 09:15
Do you think this test would be of any help for patients, their families or medical staff? — Photo laodong

A test to determine if elderly patients are likely to die within 30 days of being admitted to a hospital has been developed by doctors. The test is intended to help doctors give elderly patients the chance to go home and/or say goodbye to loved ones.

The screening test looks at 29 indicators of health including age, frailty, illness, mental impairment, previous emergency admissions and heart rate. It then produces the likelihood of death within one month to 12 weeks.

Dr. Magnolia Cardona-Morrell, the leading researcher behind the death test from University of New South Wales, talked with the Telegraph newspaper. "Most terminally ill people want to die at home but, in fact, three quarters end up dying in hospitals, often after intrusive, expensive and ultimately pointless medical procedures."

Within just five or ten minutes of taking the test, the results can be used to decide whether or not the patient should remain hospitalized or sent home.

It is also argued that medical staff will also be relieved of the pressure to keep patients alive under any circumstance. As Cardona-Morrell explains, it allows physicians to be more "transparent" with their patients.

But generally Vietnamese people would always try to save their loved ones, under any circumstance as long as there's a ray of hope.

Do you think this test would be of any help for patients, their families or medical staff?

If your loved one suffered from a serious illness, would you want him or her to take the test? If you are Vietnamese, do you want this test to be available in Vietnamese hospitals?

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