Never ethical or lawful to withdraw treatment from patients with a persistent disorder of consciousness, British Law professor says

By Xavier Symons There has been significant debate in recent years about the ethics of withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOCs). Some examples of PDOCs include patients in a minimally conscious state and those in a persistent vegetative state. Prevailing wisdom in both law and ethics suggests that decisions about …

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The power of biased words to tilt treatment away from the medically dependent

By Dave Andrusko This was to be a short post. The graphic, reproduced below, is the story. But the more I thought about it, the longer this post became. “Medscape” (as explained by Nancy Valko) is “a password-protected website for medical professionals.” Nancy alludes in her post to a 2014 survey of over 21,000 American …

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“Life should be considered the core question, not its predicted quality”

By Wesley J. Smith I can’t tell you how many times I have been called by desperate people fighting hospitals and doctors not to give up on their desperately ill or injured loved ones. Sometimes the cases seem beyond effective remedy. But sometimes, it does seem as doctors or bioethicists want to give up because …

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AMA Playing “Hide the Ball” with Futile Care Rule?

By Wesley J. Smith Futile care” is ad hoc health care rationing. It permits a doctor to refuse wanted life-sustaining treatment that is working, based on the values of the MD that keeping the patient alive is not the “medically appropriate” approach. The term “medically appropriate” in such cases is a misnomer. The “refuse wanted …

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“Futile Care” Victim Dies in Texas

By Wesley J. Smith David Christopher Dunn, whom Houston Methodist Hospital tried to deny wanted life-sustaining treatment, has died. Dunn authorized a constitutional attack on Texas’s odious futile care law. For the sake of future Chris Dunns, I hope that case is not mooted by his death and continues. Futile care permits hospitals to create …

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