Section 8-29 - In my opinion the details of this case are...

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Bio&Soc205 Aug 29, 2007 Section 11 After a long day of reading on Monday, I came back to my house to enjoy my weekly dose of Newsweek. After spending a good part of my day learning different authors’ opinions about bioethics, I couldn’t help but notice an article headlined, “A Doctor Says She Didn’t Murder Her Patients.” I was even more intrigued when I realized that this article concerned an event which took place during Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Anna Pou was accused of assisting in the murder of nine patients who were in a long term acute-care unit of her hospital. The article reads that she was working in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, with little electricity, and no running water, when she was told that there was no help on the way. She, along with a group of others decided that the best way to treat her long term vulnerable patients would be to sedate them. However, contrary to what she had been told, help did come but the sedated patients did not survive long enough to be rescued.
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Unformatted text preview: In my opinion, the details of this case are not as important as all the messages and questions surrounding it. Though the case has been dismissed, the fact that it was a case in the first place is a problem; had this been any other doctor that did not actually work at the hospital, but came to volunteer, the doctor would have been protected by the Good Samaritan Laws. At what point should Good Samaritan Laws apply to people who, under normal circumstances, would receive financial compensation? Furthermore, part or the Good Samaritan Law states that once aid begins, the rescuer must not leave the patient. Is it ethical for a doctor (or any Good Samaritan) to asses a situation and decide to provide quick and easy care for those least likely to “make it” in order to devote the most time to patients who have more of a chance for survival?...
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