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12/18/2014

Most Physicians Give ‘Futile’ Life-Sustaining Interventions

 The Medscape Ethics Report 2014 survey finds that most physicians give "futile" life-sustaining interventions.  

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12/17/2014

Medical Futility Lawsuit in Philadelphia Proceeds

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania just permitted a plaintiff's medical futility lawsuit (including claims for punitive damages) to proceed against Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and several individual clinicians. B...

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12/16/2014

DRW v. University of Wisconsin – Facilitating Surrogates’ "Illegal" Decisions to Stop Life-Sustaining Treatment

I blogged about this case over five years ago when it was first filed.  Disability Rights Wisconsin sued the University of Wisconsin and several individual physicians over their "plan of noncare" for several patients.  Basicall...

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12/15/2014

Tracey v. Cambridge University Hospital – Duty to Consult

The December 2014 issue of Clinical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) includes a nice summary of the impact and implications of the UK Court of Appeal's judgment in Tracey v. Cambridge University Hospital.  Under prior UK cases like Aintree a...

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12/15/2014

Ontario Medical Board Seeks Input on Draft End-of-Life Policy

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has just posted ’s a revised draft policy for external consultation: "Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care."  

The draft policy sets out professional expectations of physicians and provides guidance on a range of issues relating to quality end-of-life care, including futility and aid in dying.

The CPSO is inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals on the draft policy. Comments received by February 2015 will assist in developing a final policy which will be considered for final approval by Council.  Several good comments already appear on the online discussion board.

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12/14/2014

Mass General – Futility Policy Experience

Andrew Courtwright and colleagues at the Massachusetts General Hospital have published "Experience with a hospital policy on not offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation when believed more harmful than beneficial" in the Journal of Critical Care. This w...

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12/13/2014

Communicating about Prognosis and End-of-Life Care in Patients with Advanced Cancer (video)

On November 19, 2014, Jennifer Temel presented "Communicating about Prognosis and End-of-Life Care in Patients with Advanced Cancer" at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.

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12/12/2014

Brain Death – Abandoned in British Labor Case?

Rowan Atkinson plays a union negotiator, arguing that brain death is not death.

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12/12/2014

Carol Taylor – What Constitutes Good Care at the End of Life (video)

The National Press Foundation posted this 45-minute webinar with Carol Taylor.  It covers what constitutes good care at the end of life; the ethical discussion around the right to die, including Brittany Maynard and other current cases. ...

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12/11/2014

Chicago Brain Death Case Now Federal Lawsuit

Randall R. Bainchi was a 22-year old United States Marine, who served his Country in war zones in both Afghanistan and Iraqi.  As a result of his service, Bainchi suffered from PTSD, received inadequate mental health treatment, and acqui...

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