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01/23/2016

Death: is it your right to choose? [EOL in Art 196]

This weekend, the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery opens an exhibit which is a re-creation of a room at the Dignitas flat near Zurich. The reproduction of the room is surrounded by displays relating to the wider spectrum of opinions on Assisted Dying ...

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01/23/2016

Minnesota Compassionate Care Act (Jan. 30, 2016)

Join me, Senator Eaton, and others next Saturday, January 30, at the Minnesota Senate to discuss medical aid in dying.

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01/22/2016

Colorado Addresses Decision Making for Unrepresented Patients

Congratulations Colorado for introducing H.B. 1101.  This bill attempts to address how medical decisions are made for incapacitated patients without available authorized surrogates.  This is a huge and largely unaddressed problem in Colorado ...

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01/21/2016

2016 MNHPC Conference (April 10-12, 2016)

Join me at the 2016 MNHPC Conference on April 10-12, 2016. Featured Speakers: Pre-Conference, April 10th Florence Wald Lectureship Pam Malloy, RN, MN, FPCN Director and Co-investigator of the ELNEC Project Keynote Speaker, April 11th Richard ...

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01/20/2016

Minnesota Compassionate Care Act (in Minnesota Physician)

Senator Eaton and Rebecca Thoman have an article on the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act in the January 2016 issue of MINNESOTA PHYSICIAN. Come learn more and discuss at the January 30 Senate listening session. 

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01/20/2016

More Facilities Fined for Resuscitating DNR Patients

Many clinicians believe that they can be penalized for failing to resuscitate an individual who wanted to be resuscitated.  But they also believe that they cannot be penalized for resuscitating an individual who did not want to be resuscitated. &n...

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01/19/2016

Eight Fresh New Reasons for Advance Care Planning

There are thousands of articles and websites promoting the importance and benefits of advance care planning.  So, it was refreshing to see the value of ACP framed in a fresh new way.

Monica Williams-Murphy's recent blog post gives a "different perspective." She explains the value of ACP in terms of just how bad things can get.  She calls them "unorthodox reasons."  Here are just 4 of her 8 reasons.
  1. You don’t want your Aunt Bertha changing your diapers.
  2. The loudest person in your family may not have your best interest in mind. 
  3. I’ll bet you know who you don’t want making decisions for you. 
  4. Grudges can come back to bite you.

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01/18/2016

Right to Die – Slow Evolution in India

On Friday, the Supreme Court of India again addressed the status of the right to die.   The NGO Common Cause is seeking a declaration that the "right to die" is a fundamental right for patients in a permanent vegetative state.  The court wil...

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01/17/2016

How should clinicians respond to requests for potentially inappropriate treatment?

New in Intensive Care Medicine: "How should clinicians respond to requests for potentially inappropriate treatment?" One of the most ethically controversial issues in intensive care units is how to respond to requests from surrogates to administe...

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01/16/2016

Minnesota Compassionate Care Act (Jan. 30, 2016)

Join me, Senator Eaton, and others two weeks from today, on Saturday, January 30, at the Minnesota Senate to discuss medical aid in dying.

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