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could’ve written it. It is unethical to follow the directions of an incompetent patient. 3. Do you think Matt’s psychiatrist had any role or responsibility in this case? Yes, he did have a huge responsibility and it was alerting authorities or his wife even about his suicidal thoughts so that he could be on suicide watch. Depression in a suicidal person is nothing to take lightly. 4. Analyze this case using the Six Step Process for Ethical Decision Making. Please be sure to list each step of the Process in your answer. Cite supporting material from your text, with page numbers. Articulate the Problem Figure out what the issue is . The problem in this scenario was Matthew and his depression causing him to attempt suicide. He tried consulting his doctor who didn’t help him and unfortunately went through with it and now he is dying and his wife is unaware of his entire situation. Now the real problem is what should the ER do to save him, should they or not? Gather Data Do your research and find background information . Examine how long Matthew has been dealing with this problem and then look at how serious it is. Identify Conflicting Moral Claims - Looking at both sides to the decision. This one is always hard to do because it involves you looking
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at the two choices you face, saving him or not. By saving him you will give him another chance at life and you would make his wife happy by having some type of understanding why he did it because she would be able to talk to him again. Or you can let him go through with his decision that he most likely wouldn’t have done if he was in the right state of mind. Explore Strategies – Identify the multiple options to fix it. This one is similar to identifying the moral claims, expect in this case it was basically two choices and that was saving his life or not. Implement the Strategy - Execute the strategy chosen. The ER most definitely saves his life because DNR orders only applying to natural causes and this was not that and it is also unethical to follow the directions of an incompetent patient. Evaluate Outcomes of Action Go over your actions to see how they worked out. By saving his life against his decision gives him the chance to get better and get through his depression and to decide if that’s what he wanted to do. Scenario 2. Dr. McNamara looked with concern at the small man lying in the ICU bed. The nursing home had brought him to the hospital because of lung congestion. Dr. McNamara glanced back at his notes: Joe, age 67, a white male with diabetes, high blood pressure, and poor vision. Somewhat mentally disabled. Dr. McNamara knew from past experience that Joe functioned at about a 10- year-old level and tended to think very literally. Oh yes, and a hearing problem, thought Dr.
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