Medical Ethics

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The discussion on Patrick Dismuke's condition concentrated on his incapability to improve. After reviewing his symptoms and considering possible scenarios resulting from certain kinds of treatment, such as the tube that delivered nutrients into his veins that "broke the barrier between blood and air" and became "a bacteria-laden Trojan horse, opening the door to infection", we attempted to come to a consensus on what would constitute a quality life, as deliberated among the committee. We took into consideration that after every kind of surgery, his status would be temporarily improved but ultimately decline in keeping with his body's proclivity. We acknowledged that the idea of a successful stomach transplant was remote since, as…show more content…
As a result, the parents were afforded the time to see whether what they had decided for their child was an appropriate measure. Who's to say that some of the complications with Taylor weren't attributable to Dr. Adcock when the book mentioned that Taylor had undergone breathing inconsistencies in the ventilator while under Adcock's watch? In the end, Crandall proved to be the better care taker, despite her sense of detachment from the family. Supportive Protocol I indicated that Taylor wouldn't be wean from the vent, wouldn't receive drugs or CPR if she had gone into cardiac arrest or pulmonary arrest. If, in fact, Dr. Crandall had suggested to them that the prognosis for the baby was steady enough for recovery, any decision to have had Taylor on the Protocol should have been rescinded, initially. However, Taylor's complications with her lungs triggered the complications with her kidneys, as well as her brain. In the end, if Protocol was enforced, it could've possibly interfered with a natural occurrence. The legitimacy in recognizing it as a natural occurrence could've possibly segued into debate, however, Taylor's present condition was unfolding from the moment she was born 25 weeks
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