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Letting the Conscious, Non-Terminally Ill, Patient Die

6 months ago Bernard W. Freedman, JD, MPH 0
BERNARD W FREEDMAN, JD, MPH    The right to ignore a patient’s request to live Mrs. C, a 60-year-old conscious, non- terminal patient requests life sustaining treatment. Nevertheless, she is deemed as” lacking capacity” to make decisions and is discharged home to die, without required ethics committee review. Withdrawing or withholding life sustaining treatment is most Read More

Intimidation and Abandonment in End-of-Life Treatment Decisions

9 months ago Bernard W. Freedman, JD, MPH 0
BERNARD W FREEDMAN, JD, MPH    A a 74-year-old patient who suffered a stroke was in a coma and on a ventilator at a Los Angeles tertiary medical center. He had been on a ventilator for one month.  Although he was not suffering from an underlying terminal illness and was not in a persistent vegetative state Read More

Hospital Ethics Committee Failure

10 months ago Bernard W. Freedman, JD, MPH 1
Hospital Ethics Committee Failure Bernard W. Freedman, JD, MPH  The patient, a 98 year old man was suffering from a dissecting aortic aneurysm of 7.5 cm. He was unresponsive and near death. He previously, and with unquestioned capacity, executed an advance health directive indicating that he refused surgery. He also had previously told his physician that he Read More