The Ethical Dilemma Of Hepatitis Sachs Disease

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Often times in a complex situation individuals are involved in conflicting decisions to progress to a solution. The ethical dilemma may conflict with acceptable morals or behaviors but to resolve the paradox a decision has to be made. D.B.’s parents are faced with an ethical dilemma when they discover their son has an incurable disease. They could allow the illness to take its course or seek a form of treatment to slow its progression.
Ethical Dilemma
D.B. was born May 30, 1999, with a condition most commonly known throughout the Eastern European Jewish community. Tay-Sachs disease is a condition caused by a lack of hexosaminidase A (Hex A) enzyme in the brain used to breakdown gangliosidosis (GM2) enzymes or the brain begins to swell,
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would recover and have a chance to survive the disease. The parents made a decision for their son in hopes the odds would be in his favor.
ANA Code of Ethics
Provision two, four, and six are a few ethical principles relevant and applicable to the situation. The healthcare team respected the clients wishes, committed to the client’s health, took accountability for care and practice, and contributed to the healthcare environment. Provision Two: Primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population. Provision Four: Authority, accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions; and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care. Provision Six: Through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and condition of the employment that are conductive to safe, quality healthcare. (Hegge, 2015).
Relation of the ANA Code to the Dilemma
American Nurse Association Code of Ethics principles relates to the care provided for the client while under supervision of the healthcare team during their dilemma. The healthcare team establishes principles to abide by in order to provide optimal, safe, efficient care for their clients. The team successfully met the goals of the fourth provision by “making decisions and taking action consistent with the obligation to promote health

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