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08/02/2018

Disagreements in the Care of Critically Ill Children – Nuffield Council on Bioethics

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has announced a new project on disagreements in the care of critically ill children. There have been several high-profile cases that have been resolved in UK Courts recently of healthcare teams and parents fundamenta...

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08/02/2018

Disagreements in the Care of Critically Ill Children – Nuffield Council on Bioethics

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has announced a new project on disagreements in the care of critically ill children. There have been several high-profile cases that have been resolved in UK Courts recently of healthcare teams and parents fundamenta...

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08/02/2018

Black Births Matter: Black Babies and the Lived Experience of Black Women

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08/01/2018

Brain Death: McKitty Family Appeals Court Ruling

Ontario, Canada doctors declared 27-year-old Taquisha McKitty “dead by neurological criteria” ten months ago, on Sept. 20, 2017, after she was found unconscious following a drug overdose.

McKitty's parents launched a legal challenge arguing their daughter’s Christian faith defines death as the cessation of the heartbeat, and that doctors should have to take people’s beliefs into account before declaring them dead.

In June 2018, Ontario Superior Court Justice Lucille Shaw ruled against the family. But McKitty was to be kept on life support for 30 days in case the family decided to appeal. The family has now taken that appeal.

McKitty’s parents argued their daughter should stay on life support and listed nearly 50 ways in which they believe Justice Shaw’s decision was wrong.


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08/01/2018

Brain Death: McKitty Family Appeals Court Ruling

Ontario, Canada doctors declared 27-year-old Taquisha McKitty “dead by neurological criteria” ten months ago, on Sept. 20, 2017, after she was found unconscious following a drug overdose.

McKitty's parents launched a legal challenge arguing their daughter’s Christian faith defines death as the cessation of the heartbeat, and that doctors should have to take people’s beliefs into account before declaring them dead.

In June 2018, Ontario Superior Court Justice Lucille Shaw ruled against the family. But McKitty was to be kept on life support for 30 days in case the family decided to appeal. The family has now taken that appeal.

McKitty’s parents argued their daughter should stay on life support and listed nearly 50 ways in which they believe Justice Shaw’s decision was wrong.


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07/31/2018

The Children Act – Feature Film on UK Courts Determining Best Interest of a Child

What a timely movie. The Children Act concerns a High Court judge who must decide whether it is in a teenage boy's best interest to have the blood transfusion that will save his life. The movie stars Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

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07/31/2018

The Children Act – Feature Film on UK Courts Determining Best Interest of a Child

What a timely movie. The Children Act concerns a High Court judge who must decide whether it is in a teenage boy's best interest to have the blood transfusion that will save his life. The movie stars Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

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07/31/2018

Credentialing Exam is A Battle for Power and Soul of Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Like most members of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH), I received an email last week geared toward enticing me to sign up to take the new Healthcare Ethics Consultant accreditation exam. The email offered a teaser question (one that really made no sense) and a link to view 15 sample questions to encourage me to pay $450 to take a test and get a Good Ethicist seal of approval. After going through these sample questions and seeing the answers (I got 13 out of 15 “correct”), I can say that with this new exam, my greatest and wildest fears for our field have come true.…

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07/31/2018

Pharmacist:: Just Filling Prescriptions or Should They Also Diagnose?









      There may be some confusion about the full role of the professional pharmacist in medical care. The patient, with
prescription from a physician in hand may consider the 
diagnostic phase completed and comes to the pharmacist for
the prescribed medication to take for their physician identified
illness.  On the other hand, pharmacists after their studies and

But, "Changes to modernize traditional medical education and care delivery are, in fact, currently being introduced, with interdisciplinary health professional teams emerging as a core element of new models. Before graduates of different health programs are assigned practice responsibilities, however, many questions still need to be answered: What are the core functions and responsibilities of practitioners in each profession? What is the minimum education and training needed for someone to attain the core competencies required to perform these functions well and safely? Where do the different professions intersect and where could the public benefit from services offered by more than one provider? How can interprofessional learning and practice environments foster and support collaboration? How can we prevent turf battles and encourage true collaborative, patient-centred, complementary care?"

So, the question to my blog readers is whether, as a patient, you would think that pharmacists should taught further to play the bigger role as diagnostician beyond screening and packing medication already prescribed by the examining physician? Are you satisfied with the relationship you have with your licensed pharmacist? Would you want your pharmacist to learn and carry out more clinical responsibility?  Physicians in the past and occasionally now have dispensed medication to their office patients after making a diagnosis. Should pharmacists take on a bit of the responsibility of making a diagnosis based on their more limited pharmacy school and hospital internship experiences? How do you want your pharmacist to be interacting with you as a patient? ..Maurice. 


 Graphic: From Google Images and NIDDK Image Library.





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07/30/2018

UK Permits Withdrawing Artificial Nutrition & Hydration without Judicial Review

Today, the UK Supreme Court decided that physicians may withdraw treatment from patients in a persistent vegetative state without consulting the courts in every case – providing that both the medical team and the patient’s relatives are agreed that this withdrawal is in the patient’s best interests.

A six-minute video of the court delivering the decision is available here.

If a patient had signed a detailed and explicit “advance decision to refuse treatment” form before becoming unconscious, then there was never any need to go to court. But in the UK, as in the USA, few patients have advance directives.

Today's decision removes an expensive and time-consuming hurdle for families. Most US states removed such hurdles decades ago. But some such hurdles remain for patients in a minimally conscious state. 


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