Ethics of Refusing Informed Consent II
In this case, there were a variety of compelling reasons to over-ride the patient's refusal of care. First, this was a very serious, irrevocable decision. It was life-or-death, decide now, no takebacks. You can always withdraw care later, but you can't re-animate the dead if you change your mind. And, um, you can't change your mind if you're dead. The context argued for full treatment.
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