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Tinslee Lewis, a critically ill 1-year-old girl born with a rare heart defect and severe lung disease, has spent her entire life in the intensive care unit at Cook Children’s Hospital in Texas and undergone multiple surgeries in attempts to save her life. Tinslee’s care team has determined that she has no chance for any meaningful survival and that ongoing intensive care is harmful and causing her undue suffering. They recommend withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, against the parent’s wishes. Tinslee’s fate is being debated in court.

The post Deciding When Enough is Enough in Caring for a Child appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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For decades, scores of courts have observed that "the truly ideal solution" for medical treatment disputes is for parties to "resolve their differences privately, on their own, with the aid of medical and clerical advice, and not have to resort to expe...

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For decades, scores of courts have observed that "the truly ideal solution" for medical treatment disputes is for parties to "resolve their differences privately, on their own, with the aid of medical and clerical advice, and not have to resort to expe...

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In early October 2019, clinicians at Manchester University Hospital determined that Midrar Namiq was dead. But, more than four months later, he is still in the hospital. At the end of January 2020, the High Court ruled that clinicians could ...

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In early October 2019, clinicians at Manchester University Hospital determined that Midrar Namiq was dead. But, more than four months later, he is still in the hospital. At the end of January 2020, the High Court ruled that clinicians could ...

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Mrs. Justice Lieven has now posted the reasons for her December 2019 declaration that had been sought by Rotherham NHS Trust in the case of 2-month-old Baby X. Baby X was born with hydraencephaly, meaning that some of his brain was not fully formed. T...

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Mrs. Justice Lieven has now posted the reasons for her December 2019 declaration that had been sought by Rotherham NHS Trust in the case of 2-month-old Baby X. Baby X was born with hydraencephaly, meaning that some of his brain was not fully formed. T...

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by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Like others in our WebMd culture I often go to the internet to research my symptoms, looking for possible solutions. When a physician gives me a medical diagnosis I will often go to the internet and research the diagnosis. The internet was particularly helpful when I fractured my ankle and when I was going through dermatological therapies. While I was going through therapies for these injuries and disorders what I found was that the internet’s greatest contribution was its communities of people who had some of the same experiences as myself. Their experience and suggestions on how to properly convey your symptoms to a doctor, what therapies worked for them, how they remedied the side-effects of drug therapies were invaluable to me.…

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It has always been financially rewarding for doctors to take care of rich patients. People with more money…well, they have more money to spend on healthcare. But shouldn’t this more money/higher payment relationship go away in Medicare? It doesn’t, and some recent payment reforms may be making matters worse. (To read the rest of the […]

The post Medicare Pays More Money To Doctors Taking Care Of Rich Patients. Here’s Why. appeared first on Peter Ubel.

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It is one thing to write a DNR order without patient or family consent. Sometimes, that is justified when CPR will be medically ineffective. But it is another thing altogether to write the DNR order without even the knowledge of the patient or family. 

Despite the British appellate courts (in Tracey) declaring this practice illegal, it apparently continues. This week, Vivian Lloyd accuses (and here) NHS Lanarkshire of “playing God” with patients, after a Do Not Resuscitate order was placed on her mum without her knowledge.


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