Pain Medication for the Patient Following Treatment Withdrawal. Part 1: The Ethical Case Part 2: Ethical Analysis
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. 1995 Mar-Apr; 14(2): 92-98.
What is nursing's responsibility for pain control following the decision to withdraw life support? Should nurses be free to administer whatever amount of sedation they feel is necessary to provide adequate pain control for their patient? What should the nurse do if the physician prescribes a subtherapeutic dose of pain medication? The following article presents a case and analyses the nurse's moral duty to do no harm in this type of situation.
Allowing to Die; Case Studies; Competence; Congenital Disorders; Decision Making; Dissent; Down Syndrome; Drugs; Do No Harm; Ethical Analysis; Ethics; Harm; Homeless Persons; Infants; Life; Misconduct; Mothers; Nurse's Role; Nurses; Nursing Ethics; Pain; Palliative Care; Physician Nurse Relationship; Physicians; Prognosis; Quality of Life; Sedatives; Suffering; Terminal Care; Ventilators; Withholding Treatment;
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