Medical Futility Disputes – Comparing Ethics Consultants, Statutes, and Courts
Janet Dolgin looks at how hard it is to resolve medical futility disputes in a new article in the BYU Law Review."This Article explores legal, moral, and social conundrums at the center of so-called 'medical futility disputes.' This Article shows how c... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 8, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Guest Post: Why Philosophers Should Write More Accessibly: Towards A New Kind of Epistemic (In)justice
Written by University of Oxford student Brian Wong Philosophy should, to some extent, be a publicly oriented activity: we hope to make sense of first-order questions concerning how we ought to live, what existence is, what we know, and also deeper questions concerning our methodologies and ways of thinking. Yet philosophical writing has long been […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 8, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Ethics Tags: Health Care academia accessability Guest Post philosophy syndicated Source Type: blogs

Lessons for Philosophers and Scientists from Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown
By Charles Foster Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate has issued proceedings, complaining that Enola Holmes,  a recently released film about Sherlock Holmes’ sister, portrays the great detective as too emotional. Sherlock Holmes was famously suspicious of emotions. 1 ‘ [L]ove is an emotional thing’, he icily observed, ‘and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 8, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Charles Foster Tags: Decision making Ethics Health Care books Charles Foster's Posts crime Current Affairs Reflections syndicated Source Type: blogs

PRESS RELEASE: Racial Justice Requires Ending Drug War, Say Leading Bioethicists
PRESS RELEASE: Free all non-violent criminals jailed on minor drug offences, say experts Non-violent offenders serving time for drug use or possession should be freed immediately and their convictions erased, according to research published in the peer-reviewed The American Journal of Bioethics. More than 60 international experts including world-leading bioethicists, psychologists and drug experts have […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 8, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Brian D. Earp Tags: Health Care Public Health addiction bioethics Brian D. Earp Brian D. Earp's Posts Carl L. Hart Cocaine Drug War heroin injustice Jonathan Lewis Peter Singer Prohibition Racial Justice racism syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Deny Vaccination to Undocumented Immigrants? Who Might Benefit?
by Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD Another day, another headline to stoke fear in the mind and hearts of immigrants. This one did not come from the federal government but was based on the statements of Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska. His response to a reporter’s question led many to believe that undocumented immigrants working at the state’s meatpacking plants would not be eligible to receive vaccination for COVID-19. However, a spokesperson for the governor later clarified that proof of citizenship was not required for COVID-19 vaccination but nevertheless added that  “&hellip...
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Masks Are Not Created Equal
Finally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on developing standards for masks to see which ones actually block viruses. In the meantime, though, we should all be acting on what we do know about the effectiveness of various masks against Covid. The post Masks Are Not Created Equal appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 7, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care CDC cloth masks COVID-19 Hastings Bioethics Forum medical masks N95 masks syndicated Source Type: blogs

U.S. Court of Appeals to Assess Texas Advance Directives Act Claim
A case involving the Texas Advance Directives Act has now been fully briefed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Oral argument has not yet been scheduled.The plaintiffs provocatively frame the question: Does the constitution permit... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 7, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

This Machine Kills Viruses
Written by Stephen Rainey If we had a machine that could eradicate coronavirus at the press of a button, there would likely be a queue to do the honours. Rather than having such a device, we have a science-policy interface, and a general context of democratic legitimacy. This isn’t a push-button, but a complex of […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 6, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Stephen Rainey Tags: Ethics Health Care Politics Public Health Science bioethics Collective Responsibility Coronavirus; Pandemic; Ethics; Public Health COVID-19 Current Affairs International/ Global Health Pandemic Ethics Stephen Rainey's Posts syndi Source Type: blogs

More Videotaped Advance Directives
Last year, I summarized current efforts to make and record videotaped advance directive videos. And I argued for greater use of video advance directives (VADs).The new App, CARE-IT (short for "care itinerary"), from Stanford not only all... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 6, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Are Healthcare Workers Morally Obligated to Treat Covid-19 Patients?
by Vincent LaBarca, DNP Healthcare workers are dying. As of December 31st, 2020, more than 300,000 American healthcare workers (HCWs) have been infected with the coronavirus. Tragically, at least 1,100 have died. The circumstances facing HCWs are dire: Covid positive nurses are being forced to work. Hospitals are still scrambling for protective gear. Hiccups in vaccine distribution have led to debates of priority between colleagues. All of these factors have contributed to a rise in mental and physical illness, burnout, and moral distress among HCWs.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 6, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: COVID-19 pandemic Ethics Featured Posts Health Care professional ethics Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear Source Type: blogs

Evaluating the Interpretation of Advance Directives and POLST
In simulations at a U.S. hospital clinicians made inaccurate interpretations of advance directives and POLST more than 50% of the time. The study, "TRIAD XI: Utilizing simulation to evaluate the living will and POLST ability to achieve goal concor... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 6, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Ashamed to Be Vaccinated? The Ethics of Health Care Employees Forgoing Unfair Priority
Suppose you are young, healthy, employed in a health care system and that your line of work does not require leaving the low-risk comfort of your home. Now suppose that your employer offers you a vaccine. You know there are others in your community who are at greater risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19 than you. Should you accept the dose? The post Ashamed to Be Vaccinated? The Ethics of Health Care Employees Forgoing Unfair Priority appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 5, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Ethics Health Care allocation COVID-19 Covid-19 vaccine Hastings Bioethics Forum syndicated Source Type: blogs

Hospitals Sued Over Saving Patients ’ Lives (Podcast)
Last week, I talked with June Grasso at Bloomberg Law Radio about lawsuit against hospitals when advance directives are not followed. The podcast is available here. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 5, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

ASBH 23rd Annual Conference – Call for Proposals
The 23rd annual conference of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities is October 13-16, 2021. But proposals are due by March 1, 2021. ASBH is accepting proposals for:Preconference WorkshopsWorkshopsPanel PresentationsDebatesPerformances ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 4, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The Disney Fast Pass of COVID-19 Vaccines: The Ethics of Paying to Jump The Line
by Daniel J. Hurst, PhD, ThM, MSc and Matthew Arbo, PhD The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)—the group advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to allocate COVID-19 vaccines, has made their recommendations based upon a phased system with high-risk healthcare workers and first responders receiving the vaccine first (Phase 1a), followed by persons with comorbidities as well as older adults living in congregate settings (Phase 1b). Phase 2 of the plan would then include many other essential workers as well as all older adults.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 4, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: COVID-19 pandemic Ethics Featured Posts Health Care Health Disparities Public Health Vaccines #diaryofaplagueyear Source Type: blogs

Goodbye 2020, Hello New Opportunities for Bioethics
by Keisha Ray, PhD and Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA Keisha Although I have been an editor at bioethics.net for 2 years now, I have been a consistent author since 2014, when Craig Klugman, then editor, invited me to be a regular contributor. Craig offered guidance and it is partly because of his efforts I am able to continue as blog editor. I hope to be a good partner to my new co-editor, Dr. Alyssa Burgart, just like Craig was to me.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 4, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Ethics Featured Posts Health Care Source Type: blogs

Even Though Mass Testing For COVID Isn ’t Always Accurate, It Could Still Be Useful – Here’s Why
This article was originally published here by the Conversation, on 22nd Dec 2020   The mass testing of asymptomatic people for COVID-19 in the UK was thrown into question by a recent study. In a pilot in Liverpool, over half the cases weren’t picked up, leading some to question whether using tests that perform […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
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Spouse Battles Birth Family over Whether to Withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatment from RS
The conflict over treatment for middle-aged RS continues. On the one hand, his wife and children support withdrawing life-sustaining treatment because there is only a small chance he will emerge to even MCS. On the other hand, RS' birth family opposes ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 4, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Right to Die Around the World – Webinar
Join the Hemlock Society of San Diego on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 3:30 PM CST. This free educational program will cover laws and practices of Voluntary Euthanasia and briefly review Assisted Dying practices around the world. Expert Speakers:Rob... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 3, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

VSED – Reading List and Resources
The mission of VSED Resources Northwest is to "increase community awareness of VSED as a conscious end-of-life choice and to further its availability and access." They have been building their website which now includes links to many good books, a... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 2, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

“One Last Time”
“One Last Time”by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. One of the traditions of this blog has been an end-of-year recap and offering of predictions for the new year. Like most things in 2020, however, this year’s review will be a little different. While I am writing the end of the year post, the look forward is being written by the new co-editors of the blog, Keisha Ray and Alyssa Burgart.  In 2012, two colleagues and friends arranged a shidduch between myself and David Magnus, editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Bioethics.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 1, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: Featured Posts Source Type: blogs

Bioethics Advances Risk Management and Compliance Objectives in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care
Join Christine Wilson and me on March 4, 2021 for the American Health Law Association Long Term Care and the Law annual conference. We will demonstrate how modest investments in bioethics resources (committees or clinical ethics consultants) ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 1, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Indiana End of Life Options Act Exemplifies New Expanded Access Model for MAID
I recently described how more states are moving away from the traditional Oregon model medical aid in dying (MAID) law. Even Oregon itself amended its statute after two decades, to waive the 15-day waiting period when the patient is expected to die bef... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 31, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Our Reckoning with Brain Death Is Far from Over
I missed it earlier this year when it was published. But medical anthropologist Sharon Kaufman has a delightful and inciteful commentary on how brain death "provokes the thorniest of medical dilemmas."She juxtaposes brain death and abortion, suggesting... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 30, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Will Montana Be the First State to Rescind Medical Aid in Dying?
On December 31, 2009, the Montana Supreme Court held that medical aid in dying (MAID) was not prohibited under existing state law. Over the past decade, Montana clinicians have been offering MAID to qualified terminally ill patients. But since the... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 29, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Brain Death – Importance of Certainty
This brief clip illustrates how important it is to assure 100% accuracy in the determination of death. Concerns with variability in brain death assessments resonate with mid-19th century concerns with Taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 29, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Successful ‘Wrongful Prolongation of Life’ Lawsuit Reflects Extent to Which Americans Go to Enforce Rights to Control their Final Days
The Boston Globe covers the expansion of end-of-life liberty. For years, government and other organizations have encouraged Americans to complete advance directives. They have explicitly and implicitly promised, "If you write it down, you can avoi... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 27, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Public Consultation on Provincial " Medical Aid in Dying " Policy
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is seeking feedback on its "Medical Aid in Dying" policy. The site includes both a survey and a discussion page. Some general questions include:Does the current policy protect and serve the ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 27, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Court Approves Less Comprehensive Review of Whether Withdrawing Treatment Is in Patient ’ s Best Interest
In November 2020, RS suffered a heart attack resulting in an anoxic brain injury. On December 15, 2020, the UK Court of Protection determined that it was in RS' best interest to withdraw mechanical ventilation and other life-sustaining treatment. ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 26, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Tinslee Lewis and the Future of the Texas Advance Directives Act
Cook Children's Medical Center and a wide range of medical societies are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Texas Court of Appeals judgment suggesting the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directives Act are unconstitutional.In ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 25, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

DNR – Still Widely Misinterpreted , Resulting in Unwanted Treatment
In the January 2021 American Journal of Nursing, Patricia Kelly and colleagues report that "Varying interpretations of DNR orders among nurses were common, resulting in unintended consequences." While the authors do not cite the TRIAD line of rese... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Patients Not Confident Their Advance Directives Will Be Followed
Speaking at End Well Take 10, Atul Gawande Gawande cites surveys conducted by the Massachusetts Serious Illness Care Coalition, which indicate that only 50% of people who have a serious health condition have discussed their wishes with loved ones. Only... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 23, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Son Tricks 87-Year-Old Father into DNR Order While Robbing Him
Javier Dross and Lydia Dross stole $180,000 from Javier's father's account and sold his house without his consent. Arrest reports also indicate Javier created a do-not-resuscitate order for his father. The victim told investigators he didn't ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 22, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus Mutation Panic
The headlines are terrifying: A highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus is circulating in England. As the story spread, politicians and media outlets reported a devastating statistic: the new strain is 70% more transmissible than other strains of the virus. This has led to new lockdowns; many border closures; flight cancellations; and people fleeing the U.K. by train, boat, and plane. But is any of this necessary? Is the world suffering from mutation panic? The post Coronavirus Mutation Panic appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 22, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care coronavirus variant COVID-19 global health Hastings Bioethics Forum syndicated Source Type: blogs

Public Consultation on " Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care " Policy
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is seeking feedback on its "Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care" policy.The current policy sets out expectations for physicians on a number of issues related to planning for and p... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 22, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Health Care Workers Need to Lead On COVID-19 Vaccination
by David Oxman, MD, HEC-C  Vaccines for COVID-19 are becoming available, with the first batches of a highly effective vaccine adminstered this past week. Given limited initial supplies, doses are prioritized to high-risk groups, including health care workers. The virus has ravaged US health care workers — killing as many as 1700 and causing serious illness to tens of thousands more. Yet despite these numbers, a significant number of health care workers say they are not sure if they will take a COVID-19 vaccine.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 21, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Clinical Ethics COVID-19 pandemic Featured Posts Professionalism Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: blogs

Tribute to Robert M. Veatch: Human Rights and Other Commitments
Robert M. Veatch, a bioethics pioneer and the first research associate at The Hastings Center, died on November 9. An overarching theme was his commitment to human rights. The post Tribute to Robert M. Veatch: Human Rights and Other Commitments appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 21, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care bioethics Georgetown University Hastings Bioethics Forum Kennedy Institute of Ethics Robert M. Veatch syndicated Source Type: blogs

Selectively Saving Christmas?
Written by Ben Davies and Gabriel De Marco The UK governments in Westminster and the devolved nations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) have made a recent about-turn regarding Christmas. Where there were previously plans to relax Covid-related restrictions for five days, they will now be relaxed for only Christmas itself, and not at all in […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 21, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Gabriel De Marco Tags: Ethics Health Care Current Affairs Gabriel De Marco's posts syndicated Source Type: blogs

Disregarding Advance Directives of Pregnant Patients
Anna Almerico is one of three plaintiffs challenging an Idaho law that nullifies advance directives when the patient is pregnant. (Idaho is hardly the only state with such a law.)The case was filed in May 2018. But the plaintiffs have just moved for su... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 20, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

What Is Death? What Is Death to You?
B.J. Miller has a poetic New York Times op-ed on the meaning of death.But he goes beyond biology to ask "What is death to you? When do you know you’re done?"Miller notes that the answer is subjective. "For some of us, death is reached when all other lo... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 19, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Spanish Parliament Approves Euthanasia Bill
Spain may be the next jurisdiction to permit euthanasia. The lower house approved the bill 198 to 138. It now goes to the Senate. The United States is quickly falling into a small minority of jurisdictions that permit only self administration and ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 18, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Neurocritical Care Society Podcast on World Brain Death Project
Join Dr. Fawaz Al-Mufti on the Neurocritical Care Society podcast as he interviews Drs. David Greer and Gene Sung on their article, "Determination of Brain Death/Death by Neurologic Criteria: The World Brain Death Project." (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 18, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

SCOTUS Asked to Save Unilateral Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment Laws
A wide-ranging group of medical and other societies has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari and save state laws permitting clinicians to unilaterally withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment.The amicus brief was submitted on behalf o... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 17, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs