Interpersonal Issues in the Wanglie Case
Miles, Steven H.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1992 Mar; 2(1): 61-72.
The case of Helga Wanglie involved a conflict between the medical team, which concluded that a respirator was providing no medical benefit to the 87-year-old woman and should therefore be discontinued, and Ms. Wanglie's family who did not want the respirator removed. Most published commentary on the case has analyzed the medical team's conclusion. In contrast, this article examines the impact of the conflict on the conduct of the clinical case, and on the relationships among the various parties involved.
Administrators; Aged; Allowing to Die; Communication; Confidentiality; Consent; Decision Making; Economics; Family Members; Futility; Health; Health Personnel; Intensive Care Units; Legal Aspects; Life; Mass Media; Nurses; Patient Care; Patient Care Team; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Third Party Consent; Ventilators; Withholding Treatment;
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