Tag: end-of-life care

Blog Posts (11)

February 18, 2014

Euthanasia in Quebec?

Quebec legislators are reportedly within days of passing a law that would permit euthanasia for competent adult patients with incurable disease which causes constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering. The euthanasia-related portion of Bi...
August 6, 2013

Rebuttal to Jason Manne re Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST

This is a brief rebuttal to Jason Manne’s recent response to my post “ Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST .”

Manne’s letter misses the point.

March 18, 2013

Check out AJOB Volume 13 Issue 3!!!

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February 23, 2013

Check out February's issue of AJOB!

February 7, 2013

AJOB Neuroscience 2013 issue 1 is here!!!

This year’s first issue of
AJOB Neuroscience includes:




February 6, 2013

Hospice Use Rises; So Does Aggressive Care

Joan Teno and her coauthors' analyzed the Medicare fee-for-service records of more than 840,000 people aged 66 or older who died in 2000, 2005, or 2009.  They looked at where seniors died, what medical services were provided during their las...
January 30, 2013

What is Therapeutic Futility? 4 Views of Futility

Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

Coming to the decision that a treatment is futile—meaning that further medical treatment would have no useful result and should not be started or continued—is a decision made with hesitation or at times not at all, either by the patient or family or, unfortunately, even by the physician.…

January 10, 2013

Zfat v. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital - Orthodox Jews Ask Court to Order Hospital to Continue Life Support

About a year ago, 19-year-old daughter, Danielle Zfat was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  On Nov. 25th she was admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Florida.  On Jan. 1st her condition worsened and she was placed on life support.&nb...
January 9, 2013

Son's Perspective on Using VSED to Hasten Death

The following is an essay by Marc Newhouse on his mother's use of VSED.  Marc Newhouse is a former cellist, nurse, and English teacher.  He is now a book author who blogs at Life, Death and Iguanas. In April of 2010, my...
January 8, 2013

Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

With Melinda Hexum, I just published "Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment." in The Journal of Clinical Ethics 23, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 353-76.  Here is the abstract: This issue’s “Legal Briefing” colu...

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Published Articles (7)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 3 - Mar 2013

Withdrawal of Nonfutile Life Support After Attempted Suicide Samuel M. Brown, C. Gregory Elliott & Robert Paine

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 3 - Mar 2013

Suicide and the Sufficiency of Surrogate Decision Makers Hywote Taye & David Magnus

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 4 Issue 1 - Feb 2013

Communicating with the Minimally Conscious: Ethical Implications in End-of-Life Care Kathrine Bendtsen

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 3 - Mar 2010

The Secret of Caring for Mr. Golubchuk

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 3 - Mar 2010

The Case of Samuel Golubchuk and the Right to Live

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 4 - Apr 2009

Unnecessary Time Pressure in Refusal of Life-Sustaining Therapies: Fear of Missing the Opportunity to Die

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 4 - Apr 2009

Response to Open Peer Commentaries for ?Unnecessary Time Pressure in Refusal of Life-Sustaining Therapies?

News (18)

April 16, 2014 2:08 pm

National event urges Americans to plan for the end

With taxes filed, Americans today are being asked to consider life’s other certainty: death, and the myriad complications that often now accompany it.

March 28, 2014 2:46 pm

Mother of brain-dead Jahi McMath says daughter is 'still sleeping'

The mother of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead by multiple neurologists more than three months ago, insisted Thursday that her daughter was “asleep” and “blossoming into a teenager.”

March 13, 2014 3:41 pm

Company Makes Drug Available To Ailing Boy Following Public Outcry

Chimerix, a small and unprofitable biotechnology company, will make an experimental drug available to a young Virginia boy who is suffering from an infection he contracted while being treated for cancer.

February 20, 2014 5:47 pm

Mom: Hopeful signs seen in teen called brain dead

The mother of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery said she has seen changes in her daughter’s condition that give her hope.

January 6, 2014 5:02 pm

Brain Death Really Is Death

Concepts matter in medicine. This could not be more obvious than in the utter confusion on display over the concepts of ‘brain death’ and ‘life support technology’ that has resulted in two dead bodies being kept on ventilator support in California and Texas.

January 6, 2014 4:59 pm

Defining Brain Death

A judge ruled last week that an Oakland girl whose family wants her kept on life support is legally dead. The family wants her moved to long-term care. We’ll speak with physicians and ethicists about the definition of brain death, and confer with a grief counselor about how to make the difficult decision to remove a loved one from life support.

November 19, 2013 6:01 pm

How Doctors Die: Showing Others the Way

There is no statistical proof that doctors enjoy a better quality of life before death than the rest of us. But research indicates they are better planners.

November 7, 2013 1:42 pm

Paralyzed Hunter Chooses to End Life Support

When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide what he wanted to do?

September 14, 2013 12:04 pm

Long-term care panel suggests cutting 3-day hospital stay rule for SNFs

Eliminating the three-day hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage in a skilled-nursing facility is among the list of recommendations that the Commission on Long-Term Care will include in its final report to Congress.

May 2, 2013 3:56 pm

Alzheimer's sufferer dies from snake bite after his family chooses NOT to give him anti-venom

Richard Flora, 76, was bitten by an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake but the family decided not to give him anti-venom and he died at hospital 11 hours later.

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