Episodes in this Series
In this episode, our lead contributor Becket Gremmels, speaks to a transplant surgeon, an ICU doctor and a health care ethicist about some of the foundational ethical approaches that honor organ donors, the patients who receive those organs, and the health care professionals who care for both.
Do Not Resuscitate Orders
As patients, surrogate decision makers, and clinicians discuss goals of care, questions arise regarding what interventions will physiologically work and what interventions will honor the patient’s values. Do Not Resuscitate Orders are one of the interventions frequently discussed.
Improving Your Ethics Service
Are there better ways to build and support a culture of clinical ethics in healthcare? What might that look like? These are some of the questions and issues that our guests will wrestle with as well as offering concrete examples and even practical solutions being tested today.
Assessing Patient Capacity
One of the challenging areas in clinical practice today is wanting to honor patient wishes but not being clear on the competency or capacity level a patient with dementia or behavioral health issues. In this episode we explore different challenging situations and hear from national experts who offer insight and practical consideration and approaches.
Health care professionals, patients and family members could all agree that patient wishes about their care are important and need to be respected. Why then, nationally, do only 30 percent of adults have an advance directive that documents those wishes? In this episode we explore the complexities of advance directives.
Deciding for another is difficult. One of the most challenging ethical issues faced in clinical practice today is deciding for unrepresented patients – patients who have no advance directive or no family and friends who can make decisions on behalf of the patient (surrogate decision makers) when the patient cannot speak for themselves. Our guests in this episode offer insight into these challenges and offer both an overview and practical solutions being tested today.