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If Joe was not put on a ventilator he will most definitely die within a couple of days. 2. Was it ethical and appropriate for Dr. McNamara to call Ernie? Was Joe no longer able to take care of himself? Who makes that judgment? Yes I think it was a good decision to call Ernie because Joe was no longer able to make the decision on his own due to his medical conditions. I believe that the doctor was a great person to make the judgment if Ernie was mentally capable to understand his illness and proper treatment. 3. Should Dr. McNamara tell Aaron anything? If so, what?
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Dr.McNamara should let him know whatever basic information that he can and then go and consult with Ernie if it was okay to discuss Joe’s information with him and verify him as a relative so that he can release any info. 4. If Dr. McNamara tells Aaron about Joe’s medical situation, what should Aaron do? Can Aaron authorize Dr. McNamara to use the ventilator? If he did end up telling Aaron then Aaron should go consult with Ernie and convince him on what is right for Joe. Aaron can absolutely not authorize Dr.McNamara to use the ventilator because he has no right he is not the power of attorney or his spouse. 5. What should Ernie tell Dr. McNamara to do? Ernie should accept that his brother Joe is unable to make the right ethical decisions and that the best choice is to put in the ventilator because it will save his life. 6. Would your thoughts about this scenario change if Joe simply has a case of mild pneumonia and, if appropriately treated, could resume normal life? Yes, my thoughts would change because then it would not be necessary for him to get a ventilator because he could be treated with less extreme measures. 7. Would your opinion change if Joe is known to have a defective gag reflex and will probably need the ventilator and feeding tubes for the rest of his life? My opinion might change however as long as it doesn’t cause him pain and it increases his chances of living longer then I wouldn’t change my mind but if these two things were not true then I would say that they should just live out his life naturally. 8. If Joe has clearly indicated in his Advance Directive that he does not want to be put on a ventilator, why does Dr. McNamara want to put Joe on a ventilator? Is this ethical? He wants to put him on a ventilator because it will only benefit and save his life and from a doctor’s point of view he felt that Joe couldn’t come to that conclusion on his own because of his health issues. I think it was ethical because he didn’t mean it in a way to cause him any pain and he had his patient’s best interest in mind which is important because you don’t see that a lot nowadays.
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9. Since Joe said he does not want to be put on a ventilator, would it be ethical for Ernie to authorize a ventilator anyhow? Under what circumstances?
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