A Blog on "Futile CPR"
October 27, 2010
Debates about the definition of futility miss the crucial ethical point. There are only two ultimate reasons for doctors to decline to provide treatment that a patient believes would benefit them.
The first is a paternalistic judgment that treatment would be contrary to the patient’s interests, it would harm them. The second is on the basis of insufficient resources.
Blog: Break my bones, but don’t let me die! Should doctors provide ‘futile’ CPR?
Podcast: Futile CPR. Always Wrong?, Rosemary Flanigan, 13 minutes 16 seconds
Labels: medical ethics; bioethics