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Posted on September 10, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Over the past week, I have blogged about some of the 2019 medical futility disputes that were resolved by the Ontario Consent & Capacity Board. Here is another one.

In SH, the 75-year-old patient suffered an anoxic brain injury from a cardiac arrest. Her physician proposed a treatment plan that involved the withdrawal of mechanical ventilation and dialysis. 

The CCB agreed, determining that SH would remain in a vegetative state permanently and that her best interests required life support measures to be withdrawn and no resuscitative measures used.

It would not have mattered to the outcome or analysis, but it appears that the patient’s substitute decision maker, her husband, lacked capacity to make her treatment decisions. 

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