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  • End of Life: Treatment Redirection

    What is the role of treatment direction in end-of-life care?

  • Case Study – “If you prick me, do I not bleed?”

    Case Study – If you prick me, do I not bleed? Elizabeth is over 100 years old, with little cognitive decline. Her blood-thinning medication requires monthly blood draws, which are painful and distressing to Elizabeth. Is continuing the monthly blood draws the right thing to do? How can healthcare providers clearly state what they believe…

  • Case Study – Casey’s Last Inning

    Case Study – Casey’s Last Inning Casey, a 47-year-old woman, umpired little league baseball games until she apparently suffered a cardiac arrest six months ago. She suffered anoxic brain damage and is now in a persistent vegetative state. Her mother, who lived with Casey until her illness, insists on aggressive treatment despite the poor prognosis.…

  • Case Study – Baby K

    Case Study – Baby K– Futile Treatment Do physicians have an obligation to treat in a situation in which they believe treatment is utterly pointless? What issues should be addressed in a discussion of proposed policy around “futile” or non-beneficial care?

  • Case Study – A Family Divided

    Case Study – A Family Divided A forty-five-year-old man with a three-year history of cardiovascular disease has entered the hospital with a stroke that has paralyzed his right side and caused him to aspirate food of any consistency. His mental status is clouded and there is disagreement as to whether he has decisional capacity. Who…

  • The Courts and Medical Futility

    Thaddeus Pope, director of the Health Law Institute and an Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, co-authored an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled “The Courts, Futility and the Ends of Medicine.”

  • Medical Futility: Wrong Medicine?

    Lawrence Schneiderman, professor emeritus at the University of California at San Diego and co-author of a new book, Wrong Medicine – Doctors, Patients and Futile Treatment, discusses new approaches to the concept of medical futility.