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February 4, 2016

Comments on the New ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM Statement: Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Therapies in the ICU

In the late January MEDICAL ETHICS ADVISOR, Baylor College of Medicine Professor Janet Malek comments on the new "Official ATS / AACN / ACCP / ESICM / SCCM Statement: Responding to requests for potentially inappropriate therapies in the ICU." "While t...
February 4, 2016

Can Our Minds Live Forever?

Can you freeze your brains and preserve the pattern of information that represents you—your thoughts, memories and personality—your self

A story in Scientific American reports on a company that is trying.  It has started with rabbit brains.

February 3, 2016

When Is CPR Futile?

Here in the February 2016 AMDA newspaper CARING FOR THE AGES, is a reasonable and informed analysis of when CPR may or should be refused in the long-term care setting.
February 2, 2016

Founding Father Thomas Paine on Medical Futility and Brain Death

Thomas Paine wrote The American Crisis during the American Revolution,  in 1778.  But he makes an interesting observation about medical futility: "To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason . . . is like ...
February 1, 2016

Boston's Fine Arts Museum Offers Doctors Time for Reflection [EOL in Art 197]

Doctors and nurses at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital are honing their communication and teamwork skills in an unexpected environment: an art museum.


January 31, 2016

Jahi McMath - Update on the Malpractice Litigation

On Friday, January 29,  the Alameda County Superior Court held a brief hearing on the medical defendants' demurrers to the McMath family's first amended medical malpractice complaint.   As he indicated in prior rulings on similar motions, Ju...
January 30, 2016

Brand New Futile Care Fellowship Created

"Futile care has finally blossomed into its own branch of medicine."  Check out this clever, funny, and too true post at Gomer Blog.
January 29, 2016

Minnesota Compassionate Care Act (Jan. 30, 2016)

Come to the new Senate Building tomorrow to discuss the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act.  Medical aid in dying may be coming to Minnesota.
January 29, 2016

Boston Hospital Ignores POLST

Sandra Furrier is accusing Melrose-Wakefield Hospital of labeling her father, Arthur Fairfield, a “Do Not Resuscitate” patient without permission.

Furrier said the hospital called after her father died told her that he was listed as DNR.  Furrier says that she never authorized that.  About a month before his death, Furrier filled out a MOLST form, which called for resuscitation and ventilation should her dad need it.  (Boston Herald)

“They didn’t call me. They didn’t ask me. They never mentioned DNR. It was never discussed with me at any time at all.”

January 28, 2016

Terri Schiavo Used to Support Jeb Bush

As a photo of Terri Schiavo flashes on the screen, a narrator touts Bush's credentials as a social conservative who "fought time and again for the right to life."

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