Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

 

Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

Examples of Ethical Situations

A patient has kidneys that are failing and needs dialysis (a medical treatment to remove waste products from blood) to survive. The patient is refusing dialysis. His wife is concerned that her husband does not realize the consequences of his decision. Should dialysis be given?

A patient recently experienced a cardiac arrest (heart stopped beating). Although his heart was restarted, he suffered brain damage that is likely permanent. He is in the intensive care unit attached to a breathing machine. The patient has previously stated that he would not want to live connected to machines. Should the machine be disconnected?

A family member observes a staff member treating another patient in what appears to be a disrespectful manner. What should happen next?

A patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her family does not want her informed of the diagnosis. Should the patient be informed?

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