What Legal And Ethical Obligations Are The Doctors

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Dying is one of the worries of life. This case study is about a 78 year old Mr Barrett, who had an accident and remains in a coma state and on the ventilator three days after the misfortune. Intesivist’s advice to the family is to remove the ventilator and allow Mr Barrett to die peacefully but the family are against to Intensivist’s suggestion. Below are lists of questions, followed by my responses that have ethical and legal implications regarding End of Life care and DNR decisions concerning Mr Barrett’s case. What legal and ethical obligations are the doctors and nurses required to take into account when making a decision about End of Life Care for this 78 year old man? Caring for patients at their remaining days or hours of their…show more content…
With regards to possible withdrawal to treatment, if the patient has no capacity, the substitute decision maker (Mrs Barrett) has the right to make consent on behalf of the patient. For an instance if that the decision maker chooses to continue the treatment, in that case, doctors are not liable for any assault in such situations (Queensland Health n.d.). What framework can the medical and nursing team use here to reach a consensus with the family about what is to be done and how it is to be done? According to NSW Health (2005), building a consensus is an integral process to decide what is the best treatment for the patient especially those who cannot decide for themselves. Consensus should be ethically based on the following principles. First, the initial goal of care is to preserve life. However if life cannot be preserved our aim is to provide comfort and dignity to the dying patient. Second, the patient has the right to be informed about everything concerning their health as well as they have the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment. Third, is to make sure that the decisions are made equally. Thus the process and outcomes should be transparent and well recorded. Fourth, decisions made for the treatment should be fair and appropriate to patient’s values and condition. Fifth, patient has a right to receive care then healthcare professionals have the duty to practice in
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