Discussion 435

According to Devettere, when proxies make health care decisions for other people, they need to rely on some kind of standards to guide their judgment. During Session 5, we described three standards for decisions by medical proxies: Substituted Judgment, Best Interest, and Reasonable Treatment. 

 

Create a scenario where a proxy must make a decision for an incapacitated patient (ex. young/older child, senior citizen, mentally ill person), apply one of the standards and explain how its use supports an ‘Ethics of the Good’. Include a discussion of any relevant issues such as the severity of patient’s condition, cognitive/moral development of child, danger to self/others, etc

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