Palliative care is a treatment that is meant to give the patient pain relief and comfort before end of life. Trisha Torrey (2016, September 6). What is a Curative Care Medical Treatment? . The patient in this case study has opted for palliative care because he is terminally ill and curative care will only prolong the inevitable and will not stop the illness. Withdrawing treatment means discontinuing the treatment once it has already started. This usually happens when a patient is brought in from and ambulance and treatment is started before doctors or nurses know about other documentation stating patient’s wishes. Withholding treatment means not starting treatment because the patient’s wishes are known beforehand. This usually happens when doctors, nurses, and family members already know the patient’s wishes
because it is in their medical records. Carla Caldwell Stanford, Valerie J. Connor (2014). Life and Death Issues. . When a patient has a DNR order in their records and a doctor chooses to ignore this order, he or she may be accused of assault. This is because when a doctor performs and operation or treatment that the patient did not consent to, the doctor is doing something the patient did not want done so it is the act of assault, and the doctor may be liable for damages. Lynch, Mathes, Sawicki (2008). Compliance with Advance Directives: Wrongful Living and Tort Law Incentives. Journal of Legal Medicine. CINAHL plus full text. Pg.140.
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