The Distinction Between Morality and Ethics
Terry Rosell asked, “But what if the patient/family objected to the cardiologist’s request for a consult?” and the author said, “In many ways, the notion that any one individual involved in a patient’s situation may be given the ability to deny another to seek assistance to address that other’s own ethical concerns flies in the face of now 30-plus years of recognition that clinical ethical matters are not the sole domain of any one group.”
And he goes on to say that whether or not consent must be sought prior to the initiation of a clinical ethical situation is clearly answered NO, it is still possible that consent might be needed subsequently.
It’s very possible that I’m getting “loose as a goose” conscience-wise, but I think of countless “consults” taking place in hospital hallways, nooks, and crannies across the nation—concerning patients, families, and fellow professionals.
How LOOSE is my GOOSE????