The Case of Non-Beneficial Care
80-year male with multiple medical problems is nonresponsive to medical teams.
The Case of John: Refusal to Eat in a Long-Term Care Facility
John is a strongly independent 92-year-old widower of many years, with no children. Is he done living?
The Case of Mary Jo Hoffman: The Wanted, Unwanted Doctor
Mary Jo is a 49-year-old who disagrees with her doctor’s diagnosis.
The Case of Jennie M: To Tube Feed or Not
Jennie has an advance directive which does not address artificial nutrition. Who makes this decision now that Jennie can’t speak for herself?
The Case of Jesse, Unrepresented and Homeless
A 60-year-old homeless man, “Jesse,” is found confused and in distress by a passerby who calls 911. Paramedics bring the man to the hospital. Jesse’s feet and legs are swollen and covered in ulcers and dead tissue—diagnosed as osteomyelitis, or infection of his legs.
The Case of Sepsis in a Newborn
The “Clinical Moment” in Short Bowel Syndrome: What Can We Do, What Should We Do?
The Case of Teresa: Patient Vulnerability from a System’s Failure to Protect
A framework of general strategies to help vulnerable persons should explore responses that will help individual patients, improve professional and organizational responses to vulnerable patients, and mitigate the negative effects of public policies that affect vulnerable persons.