Law and Ethics in Intensive Care

Paperback | July 17, 2010

EditorChristopher Danbury, Christopher Newdick, Carl Waldmann

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Critical care is a highly complex area of medicine, in which 30% of patients are expected to die. Developments in law have had a major impact on treatment expected and received in the ICU. However, the law and ethics surrounding clinical practice are not always clear, and generate much concernfor those working in intensive care. This book outlines how the law has changed and the impact this has had on the practice of intensive care medicine. Particular clinical scenarios are outlined to illustrate real problems that develop during normal clinical practice, with discussion of the legaland ethical framework that arises from these scenarios, and possible solutions to the problems that are identifed. It also covers issues such as consent, who decides children's rights, living wills, withholding and withdrawing of life-saving care, whether there is a right to insist on treatment, definitions of 'death', ICU funding, and the breaking of bad news. The emphasis is on practical information that willinform all professionals involved with patients admitted to the ICU, including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

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Critical care is a highly complex area of medicine, in which 30% of patients are expected to die. Developments in law have had a major impact on treatment expected and received in the ICU. However, the law and ethics surrounding clinical practice are not always clear, and generate much concernfor those working in intensive care. This b...

Christopher Danbury is Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Christopher Newdick is Professor of Health Law at the University of Reading. Carl Waldmann is Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Andrew Lawson is Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:July 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199562032

ISBN - 13:9780199562039

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Table of Contents

Dr A. Lawson: An introduction to ethical modelsDr M. Branthwaite: Evolution of healthcare lawSection A: Issues of competence and autonomy1. Dr M. D. Bell: Consent for intensive care - public and political expectations vs. conceptual and practical hurdles2. Dr D. Bryden: Adults who lack capacity to consent3. Professor C. Newdick and Dr C. M Danbury: The best interest of babies and childrenSection B: A. Issues between doctor and patient4. Professor S. A. M. McLean and Dr D. Morgan: Taking it or leaving It: demanding and refusing treatment in intensive care5. Professor H. Biggs: Dying to know: legal and ethical issues surrounding death and Do Not Resuscitate orders6. Dr A. Lawson: Diagnosing death7. Dr T. Woodcock: Research in intensive careSection C: A. Managing the Intensive Care Unit8. Mr D. Pittaway QC and Mr N. Peacock: NHS governance of critical care9. Professor C. Newdick and Dr C. M. Danbury: Reverse triage? Managing scarce resources in intensive care10. Dr J. Coggon: Doing what's best: organ donation and intensive care11. Dr C. Waldmann, Dr N. Soni and Dr A. Lawson: Conflicts of interest