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12/11/2017

Medical Aid in Dying in Minnesota: Legal Landscape and Ethical Justifiability

I had a fun and productive engagement with participants during my noon ethics rounds on Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  My slides are here.

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12/10/2017

Ethics Committee Chair Sued for Role in Futility Case

I have previously collected lawsuits brought against ethics consultants and ethics committee members. Most of those were brought in the context of medical futility disputes. In March 2015, Ben Taub Hospital used the conflict resolution mechanism in th...

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12/10/2017

Supportive Decision Making – An Emerging Alternative to Guardianship (free webinar)

Login on January 16 for this free webinar from the Minnesota Gerontological Society: "Supportive Decision Making – An Emerging Alternative to Guardianship."

Anita Raymond, MSW is Program Manager, Protective Services and Care Management & Consultation Programs, Volunteers of America MN & WI

When working with people with cognitive, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities, we often turn to guardianship to address risk and vulnerability. But is this an overly restrictive tool? This webinar will discuss Supported Decision Making, an emerging paradigm for vulnerable populations and a person-centered model addressing safety concerns while protecting the dignity of persons at risk. Based on an Elder Justice Grant initiated in 2016, Volunteers of America has launched the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making to reduce unnecessary guardianships at the individual and systems level.

Objectives:
1.Explore the tension guardianship presents between helpful tool and infringement on civil rights.
2.Understand the person-centered approach of SDM and how it protects individual rights while still protecting those who are vulnerable to maltreatment.
3.Learn about Minnesota initiatives to address these issues on individual and systems levels, including the Guardianship Information Line, the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making, and WINGS MN

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12/09/2017

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches – A Workshop

Join me in Washington, DC on February 12-13, for a National Academy of Sciences workshop: "Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches - A Workshop." The 2014 case of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year old woman suffering from ...

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12/08/2017

Simon’s Law – It’s Back in 2018

While Simon's Law bills were introduced in several states in 2017, only Kansas enacted one. Yet, already, legislators in other states, for example in Missouri, are already filing Simon's Law bills for the 2018 session. These laws prohibit writing a DN...

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12/07/2017

More Hospitals Are Paying for Not Honoring Advance Directives

Brenda Grant
There seems to be a growing trend of successful lawsuits alleging that clinicians failed to follow advance directives.  I have collected many of those cases here. I discussed those cases in the NY Times, in a bioethics journal, and in a law review.

The most recent case is that of Brenda Grant. She completed an advance directive stating that she should not have treatment to prolong her life. She feared degradation and indignity more than death after seeing her mum lose independence through dementia. (BBC News)


But the George Eliot hospital, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, misplaced the document and she was artificially fed for 22 months. The Hospital Trust admitted liability and in an out-of-court settlement agreed to pay £45,000. In a letter, it stated: "It is accepted that the trust failed to act in accordance with the deceased's advance directive and failed to store the advance directive in a way that it could easily be noted."


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12/06/2017

Should Eye Surgeons Fulfill A Dying Man’s Wish To See His Family?

NPR ran a story this week asking should eye surgeons fulfill a dying man's wish to see his family? The patient had exhausted cancer treatment and was on hospice. But he also had significant cataracts blocking his vision.  Some clinicians were op...

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12/05/2017

Society for Medical Decision Making 17th Biennial European Conference

Join me in June 2018 for the Society for Medical Decision Making 17th Biennial European Conference.

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12/05/2017

Assisted Dying: Human Rights in the 21st Century – 2018 Conference of World Federation of Right to Die Societies

The World Federation of Right to Die Societies will hold its 2018 conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme is "Assisted Dying: Human Rights in the 21st Century."

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12/04/2017

Newspaper Ownership, Deliberative Discourse, and Medical Coverage of the Terri Schiavo Case

Deana Rohlinger Two Florida State University professors have published "How much does ownership matter? Deliberative discourse in local media coverage of the Terri Schiavo case." The authors conclude that independently owned newspapers cover contro...

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