Ethics and the law involving the elderly

Chris Dodds, Chandra M. Kumar and Frédérique Servin

in Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient

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Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234622
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607082 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Ethics and the law involving the elderly

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Ethics provide a system to judge whether care is for the individual’s or society’s benefit.

Ultimately ethical frameworks are the responsibility of society.

Duty of care follows from accepted ethical practice.

Consent is a process not a piece of paper.

Capacity may vary in time and degree.

Ethics demand that only an experienced doctor can take informed consent.

No-one else (except for children under 16) but the patient can give consent.

Information should be clearly provided and repeated often.

The elderly are often deaf, blind or both.

Chapter.  2438 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Medical Ethics

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