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Ethical Dilemmas

Health Careers Class 2

Lydia Dorn

on 21 November 2012

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Transcript of Ethical Dilemmas

Ethical Dilemma Controversial Place Good Law
Legal in Oregon Montana and Washington Statistics Sources Considered murder
Against religions
Job is to help them heal them not kill them
Can provide relief to family
Lets the patient have dignity Aim is to "benefit the sick"
"Do no harm!"
Is legal in some states Ends patient suffering
Tremendous pain and suffering can be saved
The right to die should be a right to each person
Provides comfort for family Have to be mentally stable
Diagnosed with a terminal illness
6 months to live
Seen by two doctors
Have witnesses
Have to wait at least 15 days Against the law
Might have been able to cure the patient
The rest of the family might not have wanted them to die
People sometimes think that they are hopeless
Prevention of suicide is a violation of religious freedom
Morrow, Angela, RN. "Reasons for Seeking Physician-Assisted Suicide." About.com Death and Dying. N.p., 14 Sept. 2010. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://dying.about.com/od/physicianassistedsuicide/a/why_PAS.htm>.
"Physicians' Top 20 Ethical Dilemmas - Survey Results Slideshow." Physicians' Top 20 Ethical Dilemmas - Survey Results Slideshow. Laurie E Scudder, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/public/ethical-dilemmas>.
a"Terminology." Medical Ethics. ULC College of Medicine, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://www.uic.edu/depts/mcam/ethics/suicide.htm>. Rules Should physician-assisted suicide be allowed in some situations? Statistics on why patients request PAS
86%-weren't able to participate in everyday activities that made life enjoyable
79%-loss of dignity
98%-loss of anatomy
Doctor Statistics
Physician assisted suicide accounts for 15.6 per 10,000 deaths in Oregon. Conclusion Expected to grow
Many people have different views
Still undecided
Example Patient has been suffering from excruciating pain for three months after being told they have six months left to live. The patient doesn't want to suffer any longer. Like the subject
It's talked about a lot Bad Illegal in Minnesota
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