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04/18/2017

Best Nudge Ever?

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04/18/2017

The Forgotten Woman of Socialized Medicine [1]

In Sweden, there is an ongoing battle in midwifery between conscience rights and abortion rights and abortion rights are presently winning. A recent Wall Street Journal article provides an excellent background and summary of the situation of one Ellinor Grimmarck, a 40-year-old Christian, mother of two, who quit her job in 2007 to return to school to become a midwife. In Sweden, there is an... // Read More »

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04/18/2017

The Forgotten Woman of Socialized Medicine [1]

In Sweden, there is an ongoing battle in midwifery between conscience rights and abortion rights and abortion rights are presently winning. A recent Wall Street Journal article provides an excellent background and summary of the situation of one Ellinor Grimmarck, a 40-year-old Christian, mother of two, who quit her job in 2007 to return to school to become a midwife. In Sweden, there is an... // Read More »

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04/18/2017

Criminal Trial for Ontario Nurse Who Withdrew Life Support without Consent

Nurse Joanna Flynn goes on trial for manslaughter for shutting off Deanna Leblanc’s life support.

Flynn allegedly did this without authorization when she worked as an intensive care unit nurse at Georgian Bay General Hospital in March 2014.

The Globe & Mail recently reviewed "A History of Nurses Charged with Killing Patients."

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04/17/2017

A Bioethics View of Executions in Arkansas

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week the state of Arkansas had planned to execute 8 death-row inmates in 4, back-to-back killings using lethal injection over 10 days. The last execution in Arkansas was 12 years ago, so why the sudden rush? As part of the three-drug cocktail used by this state, their supply of midazolam—an anesthetic—is about to expire. If they do not use the drug by the expiration date, then they can’t use it and the company that makes the drug will not sell it to the state for this purpose.

Arkansas had planned to use a combination of 3 drugs in the execution, midazolam (an anesthetic), vecuronium bromide (a paralytic), potassium chloride (to stop the heart).…

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04/17/2017

Next Up: A Proposal for Values-Based Law Reform on Unilateral Withholding and Withdrawal of Potentially Life-Sustaining Treatment

Jocelyn Downie The latest issue (54:3) of the Alberta Law Review is a special issue on health law.   I plan to read several of the articles and already read this one:  "Next Up: A Proposal for Values-Based Law Reform on Unilateral Withhol...

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04/16/2017

Visual and Ethical Bias: Same Behavior?

........................................DON'T LOOK AT THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH AGAIN BUT WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU SAW AS YOUR VERY FIRST OBSERVATION.  IN FACT, WRITE IN THE BLOG THREAD COMMENTS BELOW WHAT WAS YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THAT FIRST OBSERVATION.The ...

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04/16/2017

Visual and Ethical Bias: Same Behavior?

........................................DON'T LOOK AT THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH AGAIN BUT WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU SAW AS YOUR VERY FIRST OBSERVATION.  IN FACT, WRITE IN THE BLOG THREAD COMMENTS BELOW WHAT WAS YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THAT FIRST OBSERVATION.The ...

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04/16/2017

Greetings and celebrations

and why there is no bioethics posting today . . . My Muslim friends recently celebrated the Persian New Year with many symbols of spring. My Jewish friends are in the midst of Passover celebration. Today, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus ...

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04/16/2017

National Healthcare Decisions Day






Why is National Healthcare Decisions Day happening?
NHDD exists to “to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.”
Why is NHDD targeted at the public and providers?
All adults should discuss and document their healthcare wishes in the event of a crisis.  Accidents and acute illness can happen to anyone at any time, but far too few adults have done anything to plan ahead.
It is well known that providers can do a better job of raising the topic of advance care planning and incorporating patient’s wishes into their delivery of care.
NHDD offers a chance to address both these populations at the same time.
Why is NHDD on April 16?
It was inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s quip that “nothing in life is certain but death and taxes.”
Is NHDD only about end-of-life decisions?
No.  NHDD encourages all adults to discuss and document their wishes for any event in which they cannot speak for themselves.
How many Americans have engaged in advance are planning?
Various studies suggest that only about a quarter of all adults have engaged in advance care planning.
Is it difficult to engage in advance care planning?
No.  There are all sorts of free tools that are available to start and structure the conversations, and free advance directive forms for every state and several particular interests are available to document the discussion.  These are all available at www.nhdd.org.  Specifically, the short videos are an excellent way to start the conversation with loved ones.
The hardest part is often just raising the topic, which is how NHDD can help.  It creates a reason to “have the talk” and provides the tools to do it. 
Do I need a lawyer to create an advance directive (living will, health care power of attorney, etc)?
No.  Free forms and information are available for every state at www.nhdd.org.  Also, every hospital in the US is required to provide patients about advance directives, so you can always ask at your local hospital.
Are you doing this to encourage people not to seek aggressive care?
Absolutely not.  We want to encourage people to discuss and document their wishes so that they get the right care for them.  For some patients this may mean aggressive care and for others it means nothing more than managing pain.
How can people help?
First, lead by example.  Do your own advance care planning.  Then, let others know about it.  For your loved ones, you want to be sure they know your wishes. For everyone else, it is good enough to say you’ve done it.  Then, encourage all those contacts to do the same.  NHDD is a grassroots initiative, and we can use all the help we can get to spread the word.  You can share on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nationalhealthcaredecisionsday) or on Twitter @NHDD/#NHDD.  Be creative.

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