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April 21, 2014

Senator Advances Bill To Pay Medicare Beneficiaries to Register Advance Directives

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) along with Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill to the U.S.…

April 17, 2014

National Health Care Decisions: A Week of Dying in America

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week is host is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of this April 16th event is to “inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” Events are being held nation-wide to encourage people to complete advance directive forms as well as to have conversations with their friends and family about end-of-life health care wishes.…

March 17, 2014

Death Panels: Can We Handle the Truth?

by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

In December, I defended the term “death panel” on this blog.  Specifically, I demonstrated that we already have, and for over 50 years have had, quite a number of tribunals that act as death panels. …

March 9, 2014

How LaCrosse Wisconsin sets a new example when it comes to Advance Directives

<p>As a clinical ethicist, many of the requests for assistance that come my way have to do with advance directives, either the lack of any documented wishes, incomplete or unfamiliar forms, or otherwise confusing messages about what a patient truly wants when it comes to life sustaining medical treatment. Too often, my help is needed when the patient is no longer able to tell others what he or she wants and does not want. On one such call, a group of compassionate nurses and I sifted through a charts to see what we could learn about a particular patient’s known wishes. In the course of our conversation, a nurse asked me if I had heard about LaCrosse, Wisconsin where 98% of the town’s population has advance directives. After giving me a quick summary between her own patient charting, delivering meds, and coordinating a pending admission, she printed the article. For anyone who missed it (like me) the link is here: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/03/05/286126451/living-wills-are-the-talk-of-the-town-in-la-crosse-wis">LaCrosse Wisconsin on NPR</a>.</p> <p><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
January 10, 2014

It’s the Ventilator’s Fault

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D

If you were from a foreign nation looking at the United States news right now, you would think that this was a nation that had declared war on death.…

January 1, 2014

The Year in Bioethics That Was

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Happy New Year. The ending of one year and the beginning of another is often a time for reflection, for reviewing the year that has passed and for making plans/predictions for the year to come.…

December 31, 2013

Distinguishing Science from Nonsense

by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

As Americans enter 2014 there is grave concern among our political leaders that we are lagging behind other nations in terms of our children’s’ scientific literacy. …

December 25, 2013

“Getting On” provides a look at aging and dying

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This has been a rich year for depictions of end-of-life and assisted living  in television this year.…

December 25, 2013

Death, brain death, and life support

by Arthur Caplan Ph.D.

Concepts matter in doing the right thing in medicine.  This could not be more obvious then the utter confusion on display over the concepts of ‘brain death’ and ‘life support technology’ that has resulted in two dead people being kept on artificial life support in California and Texas.…

December 16, 2013

Top 10 North American Death Panels

by Thaddeus Pope, JD PhD

The term “death panel” is slippery.  It has been used either to describe or to disparage a rather motley group of initiatives and entities. …

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Published Articles (3)

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

News (351)

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.

April 16, 2014 2:04 pm

Is a patient ‘vegetative?’ The crucial answer may be quite wrong.

It seems as if barely a year goes by without a painful, public and often politicized controversy over whether or not someone is in a “vegetative state,” beyond consciousness and some say the need for life support. The most famous case was that of Terri Schiavo in 1990.

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 24, 2014 2:34 pm

Crowdsourcing medical decisions: Ethicists worry Josh Hardy case may set bad precedent

Just hours after social-media supporters of a dying 7-year-old boy pressured a reluctant biotech company into giving him an experimental medication, the backlash began.

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 27, 2014 5:45 pm

Brain-dead pregnant woman to be laid to rest after being removed from life support

A pregnant woman who lapsed into a brain-dead state late last year was removed from life support on Sunday after a Texas hospital complied with a judge’s order to disconnect her from the machines keeping her alive.

January 24, 2014 2:02 pm

What's at issue in Texas battle over brain-dead pregnant woman

Eyes today focus on a Fort Worth courtroom that finds itself at the intersection of a family’s desire and Texas law as the fate of a brain-dead woman and the status of her fetus are debated.

January 10, 2014 2:34 pm

Ethicists criticize treatment of brain-dead patients

The cases of two young women have generated sympathy for their families, but also have left some doctors and bioethicists upset about their treatment.

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.

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