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December 15, 2014

Tracey v. Cambridge University Hospital - Duty to Consult

The December 2014 issue of Clinical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) includes a nice summary of the impact and implications of the UK Court of Appeal's judgment in Tracey v. Cambridge University Hospital.  Under prior UK cases like Aintree a...
December 15, 2014

Ontario Medical Board Seeks Input on Draft End-of-Life Policy

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has just posted ’s a revised draft policy for external consultation: "Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care."  

The draft policy sets out professional expectations of physicians and provides guidance on a range of issues relating to quality end-of-life care, including futility and aid in dying.

The CPSO is inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals on the draft policy. Comments received by February 2015 will assist in developing a final policy which will be considered for final approval by Council.  Several good comments already appear on the online discussion board.

December 14, 2014

Mass General - Futility Policy Experience

Andrew Courtwright and colleagues at the Massachusetts General Hospital have published "Experience with a hospital policy on not offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation when believed more harmful than beneficial" in the Journal of Critical Care. This w...
December 13, 2014

Communicating about Prognosis and End-of-Life Care in Patients with Advanced Cancer (video)

On November 19, 2014, Jennifer Temel presented "Communicating about Prognosis and End-of-Life Care in Patients with Advanced Cancer" at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
December 12, 2014

Brain Death - Abandoned in British Labor Case?

Rowan Atkinson plays a union negotiator, arguing that brain death is not death.
December 12, 2014

Carol Taylor - What Constitutes Good Care at the End of Life (video)

The National Press Foundation posted this 45-minute webinar with Carol Taylor.  It covers what constitutes good care at the end of life; the ethical discussion around the right to die, including Brittany Maynard and other current cases. ...
December 11, 2014

Chicago Brain Death Case Now Federal Lawsuit

Randall R. Bainchi was a 22-year old United States Marine, who served his Country in war zones in both Afghanistan and Iraqi.  As a result of his service, Bainchi suffered from PTSD, received inadequate mental health treatment, and acqui...
December 10, 2014

Peter Saul & Michael Ashby – How We Die (video)

Dr Peter Saul and Professor Michael Ashby delivered a session on ‘How We Die’ from the perspectives of intensive care and palliative care at the International Conference on End of Life in Brisbane, 2014.



December 9, 2014

Rasouli Does Not Require Brain Death Disputes Go to Consent & Capacity Board

Mary Jane Dykeman In October 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that the Ontario Health Care Consent Act requires that clinicians always, always obtain consent to stop life-sustaining treatment. Cuthbertson v. Rasouli. A Toronto health law...
December 8, 2014

Short Code Leads to Medical Malpractice Claim

I was surprised to see this claim in a recent lawsuit: "[staff] failed to provide adequate efforts to resuscitate Amy Roska providing CPR for only twelve minutes before ceasing efforts at resuscitation." Roger Roska v. St. Vincent Hospital &am...

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