Medical Treatment After Brain Death: A Case Report and Ethical Analysis
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1991 Spring; 2(1): 50-52.
...Factors such as personal values and social issues may influence the care delivered to brain-dead patients and the communication of the medical facts to the families of these patients. Health-care professionals are obligated to reveal fully the medical facts in understandable terms to the families of brain-dead patients. When neither organ donation nor research are possibilities, delay of the declaration of death for a brief, mutually agreed upon time period can be justified, in order to allow the family to assimilate the diagnosis or to perform religious or cultural rituals. The delivery of futile treatment is necessary if delay of the declaration of death is planned and is permissible for that reason. But it should be limited only to treatment that serves to maintain the appearance of life, does not involve new invasive action, and does not deprive another living person of a needed scarce resource.
Beneficence; Brain; Brain Death; Case Studies; Communication; Consent; Death; Deception; Determination of Death; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Ethical Analysis; Family Members; Futility; Health; Justice; Life; Moral Policy; Organ Donation; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Psychological Stress; Research; Resource Allocation; Third Party Consent; Values; Ventilators;
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