Your grandfather is in a nursing home and you are responsible for his medical decisions. Formerly a tall, strapping man who spent most of his life engaged in physical labor and was proud of his work ethic and his independent spirit, he has suffered a stroke and lost the use of both legs and one arm and much of the ability to speak. Moreover, the staff must feed him pureed food, and even so his difficulty in swallowing causes him to aspirate small particles of food and drink, which causes frequent episodes of bacterial pneumonia. The nursing home physician poses the medical options listed here. Decide which option is the most ethical and defend your choice with references to the criteria of obligations, moral ideals, and consequences
(a) Have a feeding tube surgically inserted in his throat so that he will not be required to swallow and thus can be fed without danger of aspirating food.
(b) Have the staff continue to offer him food and drink and, when he con-tracts pneumonia, administer antibiotics intravenously.
(a) Have a feeding tube surgically inserted in his throat so that he will not be required to swallow and thus can be fed... View the full answer
- your grandfather may be angry at you for that decision but it is for the right or positive consequences to avoid him contracting other diseases.
- Apr 14, 2016 at 12:32am