Thursday, April 29, 2010

Conflict = Ethics Consult

Rosemary Flanigan
April 29, 2010

I’ve told countless ethics committees: “When will you have a consult? When there’s a conflict.”

But maybe there is more to see here: Maybe the moral distress felt by families who are having too much information thrown to them, are being asked questions to which they have no answers, are being deluged by concerns over which they have no control, need to have the services of an ethics committee made available to them.

Perhaps they don’t even see what they are facing as conflictual; but the sensitive physician who offers to participate in such a consult might provide great benefit to the family and perhaps even to him/herself!

What do you think?



Blogger vmun said...

What a lovely idea, as an RN in a critical care setting I see far too often families overwhelmed by information overload, and nurses that are "too busy" to answer questions that physicians leave up in the air. Often times when the nurse does step forward to answer questions or suggest ethics or paliative care consults they get their hand slapped for overstepping their boundaries. When did it stop being about the patient?

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