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04/17/2014

National Health Care Decisions: A Week of Dying in America

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week is host is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of this April 16th event is to “inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” Events are being held nation-wide to encourage people to complete advance directive forms as well as to have conversations with their friends and family about end-of-life health care wishes.

The latest study shows that 26% of people in general have completed advance directives. For those over age 65, the completion rate is 51%. Completion rates are higher among whites than other racial/ethnic groups, higher in those with more education than those with less, higher for those with higher incomes, and higher among widows than any other marital status group.…

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04/17/2014

Blowing Up Bioethics: A Response to Atrium’s Bad Girls and Head Nurses

Rachelle Barina, MTS and Devan Stahl, MDiv

Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program recently published its 2014 issue of Atrium, titled “Bad Girls.” In the issue, William Peace writes an article about “Head Nurses,” which is accompanied by an overtly sexual image (see page 20). “Head nurses” were women who gave young paralyzed men like himself blowjobs in the late 1970s. Peace describes “shapely young women” giving “world-class blowjobs” to men who were worried their “dicks” did not work and they could not “fuck.” Peace describes his own despair and his anticipated encounter with a “head nurse.” Peace nostalgically claims, “This woman was able to provide me a level of care and a connection that no longer exists.” “She reaffirmed my manhood and masculinity in a way I will forever appreciate.” “[T]he nurse injected a compassionate eroticism that made me a better man,” and ultimately, “…gave me myself”

Peace’s narrative is a worn-out and objectifying trope.…

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04/17/2014

New Educational Primers to Accompany Anticipate and Communicate

As part of its ongoing effort to support bioethics education, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has developed and posted to Bioethics.gov a new primer to inform institutional review boards (IRBs) and their members on the ethical management of incidental and secondary findings. The Bioethics Commission designed the IRB Primer to aid IRB […]

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04/16/2014

7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day

IT’S HERE!  Today is the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day! 

ACTIVITIES/RESOURCES:  Even if you have your own resources, please also direct patients, residents, clients, and the public to the resources at: http://www.nhdd.org  There are free resources that people can care with loved ones throughout the country.

FREE WEBINAR TODAY: at 3:00pm eastern, please join me, Ellen Goodman and others for an NHDD webinar.  Register at:http://theconversationproject.org/

LEAD BY EXAMPLE: As always, please encourage others by your example.  Here’s a simple message you can send/post to your family and friends tomorrow:

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  I have had a talk about advance care planning with my loved ones.  Have you?  Free information, forms, tools, and an incredible video are at: www.nhdd.org  Do it today.

SPREAD THE WORD FURTHER: Please share NHDD information with your members/contacts/colleagues by forwarding this email or a link to www.nhdd.org or NHDD on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn 

JOIN US:  If you are receiving this email second-hand (or have not previously confirmed participation), please let us know who you are by completing the short participant confirmation here:  http://www.nhdd.org/join/

DON’T FORGET THE REST OF THE YEAR:  NHDD is our rallying day, but advance care planning is important throughout the year.  Continue to use the NHDD resources and always be on the lookout for activities to make NHDD even better.   

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04/16/2014

Patient Modesty: Volume 65

And the discussion continues.  From Paul writing to Volume 64:I wonder what women in general, as well as female nurses ,female techs, and other female providers would think if the gender numbers were reversed?Imagine you go in for a routine exam w…

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04/15/2014

Look How Much Medicare Spends after Patients Leave the Hospital

As readers of this blog know, Medicare costs loom large in our nation’s future. If we do not find a way to control Medicare spending, it’s hard to imagine any way to remain a solvent nation. As we continue to … Continue reading

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04/15/2014

International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice – ABSTRACT DEADLINE

From August 13-15  2014, the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia will be hosting the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice.  The call for abstracts closes Wednesday, April 30.












ICEL 2014 will provide a global forum at which health law scholars, bioethicists, legal and health practitioners, and health law and bioethics institutions can meet to discuss and present on law, ethics, policy and practice relating to the end of life. Abstracts on the conference’s four sub-themes are particularly welcome:

  • Withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment (e.g. advance care planning, futile treatment)
  • Palliative care and terminal sedation
  • Euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • Determination of death and organ and tissue donation

Here are some highlights:

  • Debate on ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide — Professor Peter Singer, Princeton University & Assistant Professor Charles Camosy, Fordham University
  • How we die — Dr Peter Saul, John Hunter Hospital & Professor Michael Ashby, Royal Hobart Hospital and Southern Tasmania Health Organisation (THO)
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment — Professor Jocelyn Downie, Dalhousie University
  • Panel sessions: Comparative flash points in end of life law, ethics and policy
  • Terminal sedation — Professor Shelia McLean, Glasgow University
  • Determination of death — Dr Dale Gardiner, Nottingham University Hospitals
  • Assisted death practice: Research from around the world

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04/15/2014

Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School

[The New York Times] The revelations that hits to the head may lead to long-term brain damage have rocked the football world at all levels, alarming coaches, players and their parents and forcing the N.F.L. and the N.C.A.A. to tighten safety standards. Given the consequences of the injuries, lawyers, too, have taken note, including those […]

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04/15/2014

Despite the Risks, and Because of Them, the FDA Should Permit Recycling Medical Implants

Arthur L. Caplan

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04/15/2014

Sorry Kid, But Your Mom’s in Jail for Having You

by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Last week the Tennessee legislature voted to approve a bill that criminalizes drug use in pregnancy. Mothers can now be charged with criminal assault if a child is born addicted, harmed or dies as a result of pre-natal use of narcotics. The bill, amended to preclude charges […]

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