Chapter 4. Ethical Issues

  1. Philip Jevon RGN, BSc (Hons), PGCE, DiPSiN Resuscitation Officer Honorary Clinical Lecturer
  1. Fiona Foxall RGN, MA, BSc Head

Published Online: 19 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315271.ch4

Care of the Dying and Deceased Patient: A Practical Guide for Nurses

Care of the Dying and Deceased Patient: A Practical Guide for Nurses

How to Cite

Foxall, F. (2009) Ethical Issues, in Care of the Dying and Deceased Patient: A Practical Guide for Nurses (ed P. Jevon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315271.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Wolverhampton, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405183390

Online ISBN: 9781444315271

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Keywords:

  • ethical issues;
  • major ethical theories and principles;
  • theories and principles aiding decision-making;
  • concept of medical futility and interventions;
  • acting in the best interests of patient - fundamental principles of health care;
  • trigger for using advance directive in acute clinical events;
  • sanctity of life doctrine;
  • acts and omissions doctrine;
  • persistent vegetative state (PVS) - particular ethical concerns;
  • Euthanasia literally meaning ‘good death’ or ‘mercy killing’

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Ethical Theories and Principles

  • Medical Futility

  • Acting in the Best Interests of the Patient

  • The Ethics of Withdrawal of Active Treatment

  • Persistent Vegetative State

  • Euthanasia

  • Conclusion

  • References