Clinical ethics case report

Questionable capacity and the guidance of living wills

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Abstract

After falling from a roof, an older man lost neurological function below his face. In two days, the patient regained consciousness, but it was unclear whether he could communicate his preferences, whether due to injuries or difficulties with language. His family believed he could communicate with them, and that he was capable of making treatment decisions. The staff did not think to contact the hospital's largely inactive ethics consultation service for assistance, and instead looked to the patient's living will for guidance, even though the patient was not terminally ill, and his lack of capacity had not been determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-255
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Ethics
Volume22
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Clinical Ethics
Living Wills
consciousness
assistance
moral philosophy
contact
staff
lack
Ethics Consultation
language
Terminally Ill
Consciousness
Decision Making
Language
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

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  • Medicine(all)

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Clinical ethics case report : Questionable capacity and the guidance of living wills. / Ari, Vanderwalde.

In: Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.01.2011, p. 250-255.

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