Ethics Essay (in class)

Ethics Essay (in class) - Ethics Essay: Joe King Contracts...

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Ethics Essay: Joe King Contracts bilateral pneumonia. He is treated with antibiotics and put on a mechanical respiratory. After a few weeks, the pneumonia improves and the physician starts to wean Joe from the respiratory. Even with a gradual approach, the weaning fails and Joe demands to be put back on the respiratory when he becomes terrified at being short of breath. The physician feels that the ultimate chances of weaning Joe are now no more than 20 percent. Joe, 80 years old and accustomed to being in control, becomes discouraged and increasingly unable to bear the painful medical procedures. (constant feedings via tube inserted into his stomach, frequent needle punctures for arterial blood gases, suctioning, and so on). After three weeks of unsuccessful attempts, Joe refuses to cooperate. He asks for the respirator to be disconnected. I want to die he states. Despite the pain, Joe is alert and aware and is, in the opinion of the staff, fully competent. His wife and one son keep begging the physicians and nurses to do something to help Joe to recover fully. My outline: Joe is accustomed to being in control. With all of the treatments, he feels as though he is losing his dignity and control. He is becoming increasingly unable to bear the painful medical
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