Analysis Of Handling Of Legal And Ethical Issues

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Handling of Legal/Ethical issue #1 Sustaining Life support disregard of the patient’s wishes The disregard of the patients’ rights as a health care provider, it is important to give the family time to accept their loss. “The treatment team allowed a week to pass to allow the husband more time to give him supported in his grief and to appreciate the gravity of his wife’s situation.”1 From the standpoint of a health care provider legally it is not possible to force the husband to abide by the wife’s wishes. “Ethics is not following the law.”3 Although being committed to creating and sustaining an environment that supports ethical practices and lawful behaviors is foremost in a situation like this simply disregard of the patient’s wishes and …show more content…
As a health care provider the patient, family was informed of the extent of the patient condition, they were advised to have palliative care for the patient due to the irreversible damage to the brain and that the only thing that is keeping her alive is the ventilator. From a provider’s perspective, a signed consent form can be valuable evidence the communication occurred and legal protection in defending against a patient’s claim of a lack of informed consent. The husband need to understand that there is no hope for the patients the grief is felt by all; we are not inhuman to his situation. Other philosophers and ethicists suggest that the ethical action is the one that best protects and respects the moral rights of those affected.3 As well as it should protect their rights and the in-house or on-call trained ethicists to assist health caregiver or have formally and ethics committees. This approach starts from the belief that humans have a dignity based on their human nature per se or on their ability to choose freely what they do with their lives.3 In this case the husband needs all the help that is provided in order for him to make an informed decision. On the basis of such dignity, they have a right to be treated as ends and not merely as means to other ends.3 During patient’s care conflicts arise and during patient care they and having Ethics Committee and Consultation Service to get …show more content…
As a health care provider, it is important to help the family come to terms with the decision that they are facing. One way we understand this is to say that surrogate decision makers do not know the patients’ preferences, end-of-life choices, or values as well as we thought they did and think they should.2 At this point it would be appropriate to consider getting the ethics committee involved in the situation. Frequently just talking to the family member given them a more visual picture of the situation can help create a sound judgement about the patient condition and the state of care as well as the direction that is the next step when all else has failed for a terminal ill patient. Nevertheless, at the end of the conference time, the husband is still unwilling to authorize withdrawal of life support measures consistent with the patient’s wishes as expressed in her living will. Initiatives at the federal level (i.e., the Affordable Care Act) and state level (e.g., Revised Code of Washington § 7.70.060) reflect approaches that support shared decision-making and the use of patient decision aids in order to ensure the provision of complete information for medical decision-making.3 Further a surrogate decision-maker is required to make the choice she believes the patient would have wanted, which may not be the choice the decision-maker would have chosen for

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