Exemplary Cases in Clinical Ethics: Commentary on the Case of Mr. A
The Journal of clinical ethics 2011 Fall; 22(3): 256-60
A commentary on a case of a man who is left a "high quad" (ventilator dependant as well as quadriplegic) after an accident discusses the following: The right of patients who sustain catastrophic injuries to choose to discontinue life-sustaining treatment, The role of capacity assessment in treatment decisions and in ethics consultations, The role of advance directives (ADs) for such patients if they lack capacity, Whether a do-not-resuscitate or do-not-attempt-resuscitation order should be seen as "a medical order" or an advance directive, Some hints about what might be intended when a patient refers to the criterion of having a "meaningful life."
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Spike, Jeffrey; Greenlaw, Jane (1994)With this case study, we begin a series of discussions taken from the Ethics Consultation Service at Strong Memorial Hospital, a 700-bed tertiary care center in Rochester, New York. The consultation service was set up ...