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Assignment Should we Withhold Life Support Read Chapter 7, “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide:” on pages 324–331 of your Intervention and Reflection textbook to understand important debates in the ethics of end-of-life care.
The Case Study: Mr. Martinez
Mr. Martinez was a seventy-five-year-old chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient. He was in the hospital because of an upper respiratory tract infection. He and his wife had requested that CPR not be performed should he require it. A DNR order was written in the charts. In his room on the third floor, he was being maintained with antibiotics, fluids, and oxygen and seemed to be doing better. However, Mr. Martinez’s oxygen was inadvertently turned up, and this caused him to go into respiratory failure. When found by the therapist, he was in terrible distress and lay gasping in his bed.
1. Reflect on the Case Study Mr. Martinez by taking a role of a Health care professional trying to decide what treatment to administer. It seems that patient’s current respiratory distress was caused by medical error. Should that play a role in ethical decisions (and not just medical ones) about what to do? Why or Why not? Apply relevant ethical principles 2-3 (autonomy, beneficence, Nonmaleficence, etc.) as you sort through the questions/problems the case presents, or when discussing general background issues of the ethics of withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatment, and when defending your own stance about what should be done in the case study. Should Mr. Martinez be transferred to intensive care, where his respiratory failure can be treated by a ventilator, and by CPR if necessary, and his oxygen level can be monitored? Assume that doctors cannot contact Mrs. Martinez and must make this choice on their own. To help you reach an objective, ethically sound decision, draw upon concepts and arguments from your textbook Intervention and Reflection and independent research. Support your decision with clear, concise, and correct examples, weaving and citing the readings and media throughout your answer.
Address the following:
- The patient’s directives.
- The patient’s quality of life.
- The family’s stated preferences.
- The cause of the patient’s current respiratory distress.
- The moral issues associated with limiting life support.
- The ethical principles most relevant to reaching an ethically sound decision.
- Important considerations such as implications, justifications, and any conflicts of interest that might arise because of the patient’s respiratory failure.
- You will be evaluated as to how well you articulate to moral issues associated with limiting life support. Demonstrate sound ethical thinking and relevant ethical principles when considering limiting life support. Explain important considerations that arise when contemplating limiting life support.
Assignment Requirements- Complete APA format, 3-4 pages double spaced, Font Time New Roman, 12, Page much have Title of your paper (Bold), Introduction (For introduction make sure to talk about everything that you will be addressing), Level 1 Headings (ensure you utilized for the major points that you will be covering in the paper. Utilized a short phrase from the criteria in the grading rubric as your level 1 heading. Level II Headings (Level II headings are small points within the level 1 heading. The level II heading should be a very short phase of information that expands on the information from level 1). Conclude (conclude this paper by reiterating what you covered in your paper). References- Use your text book and other resources 3-4.