Ethical issues in care of the dying

Thorns Andrew and Eve Garrard

in Care of the Dying

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550838
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730528 | DOI:
Ethical issues in care of the dying

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This chapter discusses the ethical issues connected to the care of the dying: issues of hydration and nutrition, issues of ventilation, and issues relating to capacity and decision making. It looks at an ethical framework that tackles the best approach to ethical decision making, which includes the four moral principles that govern the field of health care ethics, and discusses the influence and moral justification of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) in ethical decision making. The chapter also discusses withholding and withdrawing interventions and treatments at the end of life and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Keywords: ethical issues; hydration; ventilation; capacity; ethical framework; ethical decision making; moral principles; health care ethics; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; interventions

Chapter.  8093 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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