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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Members of Ethical Panels at Hospitals Discuss End-of-Life Decisions

Estate planning docsA USA Today article offers the following insight from members of hospital ethics panels.  These quotes confirm the value of disability planning when it comes to end-of-life decisions for indefinitely unconscious patients:

  • One Clinical Ethicists asks family members "[w]hat would she have wanted, how do we know this, and how certain are we?"
  • Another ethical panel member says "[o]ur job then is to help them get clear and let go, to say, 'It's the disease, not you, taking your loved one's life.' "
For more insight from ethical panel members, see Lynn Grossman, Matters of life and death, USA Today.


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