Dr. Benitz, Chief Neonatal Physician At Stanford University

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There comes a time in any health care worker’s life where they have to make difficult decisions. Many physicians have to make tough calls when they try to do what is in the best interest for the patients, and sometimes there are points where the physicians have to ask for help from the patient’s family members and ask what the is in the best interest for the family. This example shows up in the case of Dr. Benitz, the chief neonatal physician at Stanford University which explains that some of the children that show up in his clinic have a very slim chance of surviving he then goes on to explain that one baby that was in the clinic on the day of this interview was born pre mature and “weighed only 13 ounces. This is where Dr. Benitz says he…show more content…
Ms. W has already had an abortion at the age of 15 and also has a baby that is 10 months of age. Ms. W is started on a standard intravenous medication that stops pre term labor (magnesium sulfate). Two days later Ms. W tell her Doctor named Dr. C that she was “tired of being in the hospital and the medications and the fetus were too painful and uncomfortable.” Dr. C explains to the patient the risk of premature delivery such as respiratory immaturity neurological handicaps etc. Dr. C also explained that if she stayed on the medications for another two to three weeks the chances of survival of the baby would be much higher, reducing the risk of chronic lung disease from fifty percent to ninety percent and from fifty percent to twenty percent respectfully. Ms. W still refused treatment and Dr. C ordered a psychiatry consult for Ms. W and she was found to be “extremely immature, emotionally labile and unrealistic.” She has also presented with suicidal thoughts and was known to be an illegal drug abuser in the past but not recently. She continued to refuse the medication to stop labor and threatened to leave the hospital. This is where Dr. C has to make a choice of what he should do. He comes up with three possible solutions, the first is to let the patient do as she pleases and stop giving the treatment, second if he does not want to force her to take the medication and does not want to force her to take them he can send her to another physician he knows will force her
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