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Running Head: Brain Death Brain Death Scenario GCU- HLT-520 3/7/2018
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Brain Death Introduction In every field of practice professional often face situations with ethical and legal issues. In the healthcare field, these issues become extreme when the healthcare staff becomes involved. Ethics in healthcare are held in high regards due to it requiring patient lives. Even with the training that healthcare providers receive to help them deal with ethical dilemmas that arise the decisions made have the impact that lasts for patients and their families. Healthcare professionals have a legal obligation to the medical code of conduct when it comes to making decisions about a patient’s condition (Talley, 2017). Decisions made by the healthcare providers are supposed to be based solely on the patient’s condition assessment before the treatment and after it has been completed. In the scenario, the patient has already suffered brain damage but does not meet the criteria for complete brain death. Half of the family is requesting for the patient to stay alive on assisted machines while the other wants the physicians to help in the aided death process. In this case, the patient has a substantial inheritance which some family members who support his death would obtain. This paper will address various aspects of ethical, legal, and medical care issues as well as the moral decision to take in this situation with resources that could be tapped. What are the ethical issues? 2
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Brain Death When a person or organization comes across a situation that needs a decision which has possibilities that require a right (ethical) or wrong (unethical) choice. Ethics are governed by a set of moral principles, beliefs, and values that an individual believes through in making when deciding what right or wrong. Speaking in the sense of fairness is depending on the situation and the settings involved. In this scenario, the patient has severe brain damage, but at the same time, he does not meet the criteria for full brain damage. The ethical challenges arise for the medical professions due to the uncertainty of the diagnosis and prognosis. The patient is unable to decide for himself on the type of
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  • Spring '10
  • Jones
  • Health care provider, Brain death

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