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SHOULD WE PULL THE PLUG?

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Micaela Lavoie

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SHOULD WE PULL THE PLUG?

Counter Arguments: Why Someone Should Pull the Plug (continued)
Our Decision: Pull the Plug
As a group, we decided that Ricky's parents should pull the plug on Ricky.
There is little hope that Ricky will recover, and if by a miracle he does, he will never be a fully functioning adult.
The treatment doctors are supplying Ricky with is causing more burden than benefit.
Ricky's parents are digging themselves into deeper debt
resources are, for lack of a better word, being wasted on Ricky's life.
Ricky's parents will give other children the opportunity to live by donating his organs and no longer withholding hospital resources.
By pulling the plug, Ricky's parents are letting him go and would be finding the middle ground between not intentionally taking away his life, but not prolonging it with every mean possible.
Counter Arguments: Why Someone Should Pull the Plug
The idea of
"Quality vs. Quantity
." People on life support may want to live a shorter, fuller life rather than a life prolonged by machines
MONEY MONEY MONEY
. Life support and prolonged life-styles can cost a lot of money (medical expenses). Government and society is trying to push people to become comfortable with the idea of pulling the plug to save government money
Hospital Overload
. Hospitals use up a lot of resources on people using life support. Rooms, nurses, and medical resources(medicine) are used on people who will never recover rather than on people who can live with treatment.
Organ Donation
. People who prolong their lives withold viable organs that could possible save a life by donation
Last Wishes and DNRs
. The plug must be pulled on people who sign a "Do Not Resuscitate Order " and state in their wills that they do not want their life prolonged
Catholic Church's Arguments
Quality of Life Needs to be Upheld
. If a patients quality of life is poor physicians need to try to improve their well-being by providing medical care and hospitality until they undergo a natural death.
Pulling the Plug is
Not Natural
.
Human Dignity
. Everyone has the right to die with human dignity.
Playing God
. Doctors now a days have more control over when life ends. When life ends is strictly an act of God.
The End Does Not Justify the Means
. Someone should not seek death in order to get rid of pain
Proportionate Treatment.
The Catholic Church also believes that if the treatment is causing more burden than benefit, than treatment should not be continued.
PULLING THE PLUG:ON
THE OFFICE
WE KNOW THIS CAN BE A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT, SO TO BREAK UP OUR PRESENTATION WE HAVE A QUICK, FUNNY VIDEO FROM THE SHOW "THE OFFICE."
CASE STUDY
Ricky is a high school boy who got into a motor cycle accident
Directly after the accident, Emergency Room doctors stabilized him
The ER doctors told, Saul Stienman, a private practice physician, that Ricky has massive brain damage
Eight months after the accident Ricky is still in a coma, or a "persistent vegetative state"
Ricky is completely dependent on a feeding tube and only breathes without a respirator or moves around every once in a while
If Ricky does come out of the coma, he will not live the life his family remembers. He will never be a functional adult
Ricky is using up medical resources and it can be argued that it was his negligence on the motor cycle put him in the hospital
The parents begin to wonder if they should pull the plug.

What does "Pulling the Plug" mean?
Pulling the plug is "a popular term meaning to withdraw nutritional support and ventilation from a patient in a persistent vegetative states" (Free Medical Dictionary)
What is PVS?
PVS stands for "persistent vegetative state." It is a form of eyes open unconsciousness. People in this state lack awareness while appearing to be awake.
Life Support Does Not Cure Someone
. Life support is usually a last resort for most patients. "There is no question that critical care can maintain life, almost indefinitely, and this fact is well known to the public" (Crippen par 1).
What is a DNR Order?
A DNR order is a medical order written by a doctor which does not allow health care professionals to perform CPR, shock with paddles or perform any life sustaining acts on a patient with the order.
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