Performing Futile CPR Revisited
The question that this does not answer, and Dr Truog doesn’t either, is what care of the family might mean in the situation Truog describes.
He assumes—without argument or support—that care for his young patient’s father meant performing “futile CPR” on a small child, and doing so in a manner that he states was so “brutal” as to make nauseous his nursing colleague.
This he claims is “treating the family.” Is it?
I ask whether one might offer care (“treating”) of families—even those who demand futile CPR or other nonbeneficial treatments—that doesn’t require futility or brutality to the patient, and that might then actually be more recognizable as care.
-- Tarris Rosell, PhD, Rosemary Flanigan Chair, Center for Practical Bioethics