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To Resuscitate or Not to Resuscitate?

Length: 1-3 Hours

Discipline: Medical Education

Level: Introductory (majors)

Author: Polich, Susan

Patient rights are a basic value in healthcare. Adult patients of sound mind must be informed of their medical diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options, and the pros and cons of those options. The adult patient of sound mind should determine, in conjunction with their healthcare practitioner, their course of medical treatment. At times, the patient’s values and desires for treatment are contrary to those of the healthcare practitioner. The healthcare practitioner may have a different opinion or preferred treatment than what the patient wishes. Several rules and documents have been put into place to help ensure the patient’s wishes are carried out. This case is an example of how the different wishes of the patient and healthcare practitioner can come into conflict.

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