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This is similar to the doctor’s dilemma. Yes, it was ethical for Ernie because of the same reasons as Dr.McNamara and this is only under the circumstancethat Joe couldn’t think rationally for himself and it was a life or death situation. 10. Would removing a ventilator and feeding tube the next day be wrong?Yes it would because not only will you cause him pain twice, right after another and it would be for no reason because he is going to die without it. 11. Ernie has just been told that he needs surgery to treat blockages in his renal arteries. If Ernie is unable to make decisions about Joe’s health care, who would?If Ernie is unable to make the decision then it would go to the alternate agentlisted in Joe’s Advance Directive. If he does not have one then it would go to his next closest relative, which might possibly be Aaron. 12. If Joe had indicated in his Advance Directive that he wanted everything possible to be done to keep him alive, could Ernie decide to refuse placing Joe on a ventilator?He could refuse to put Joe on a ventilator because once Joe signed that paper authorizing him to become his power of attorney he makes all the choices based on his judgment if it would be right for Joe’s livelihood and if that’s what he wanted to do nobody could do anything. 13. Imagine that Aaron’s mother thinks that Joe should be kept alive no matter what. Should that make a difference to Ernie? To Dr. McNamara?It could make a difference to Ernie because he felt that he should consult his family and it wouldn’t make a difference to Dr.McNamara because has to go with what Ernie decides. 14. Dr. McNamara is trying to communicate. How did he do?He did a really good job by first trying to consult Joe knowing his history, he could’ve just listened to his decision but he didn’t and felt that alerting his family was the best choice and he did a good job letting them understand Joe’s circumstance.
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