Infections are normally highly treatable with antibiotics.
But when someone is dying , the body’s immune system gets weaker. Hence infections quite often occur as part of the dying process.
Treating these infections are often futile. But human nature is inclined to “fight and survive” by all means. So quite often powerful antibiotics are used to treat these infections in dying patients.
There is an ethical argument against futile treatments.
There is also the risk of antibiotic resistance in general population if antibiotics are used inappropriately.
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