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Clinical Ethics Consultation Service

Modern Health care offers many choices for treatment. Having lots of options is often a blessing. But sometimes it can pose hard questions. Instead of asking, "What can be done?"we often find ourselves asking "What should be done?" or "What is the best thing to do?" Deciding which treatment is best for a specific patient can be a challenge.When hard choices arise, people can disagree about what to do.Talking with the medical team and other health care workers can help. But even then, everyone may not agree and there may be conflict and anger. In these cases, an ethics consult may help those involved understand the situation better and agree on what to do. If you would like someone to help you make a decision, the Clinical Ethics Consultation Team is prepared to listen and to respond.

Who are the Clinical Ethics Consultants?

The consult service is directed by Dr. Christine Bishop. She is assisted by professionals such as nurses, doctors, chaplains, social workers, attorneys, and others.

When Might An Ethics Consult Be Helpful?

People request ethics consults for many reasons. Examples include:

·  Decisions about treatments near the end of life

·  Questions about who should speak for an unconscious patient

·  Questions about refusing suggested treatment

·  Situations where family members disagree about a patient's care

·  When treatments are in conflict with a patient or family's religious or cultural beliefs       

Who Can Request a Consult?

Anyone involved in the patient's care can request a consult.This is of then the patient, family, doctors, nurses, social workers, or other health care workers.

What Happens During A Consult?

The consultation team will talk with the health care team, family, and the patient in order to understand everyone's concerns.The team will respect the interests and rights of all involved. The consultants will suggest options for the patient's care. 

Please Note: Ethics consultants only give advice. While they often suggest and present options, the final decisions remain with the doctors, patient, and family. 

The purpose of an ethics consult is to assist and support, not to make decisions for the involved parties.

The consults are free of charge. The ethics consultants will respect your privacy and ensure complete confidentiality within legal limits.

How Do I Request A Consult?

Anyone involved in the patient's care can request a consult by calling (336)-713-4400 at any time.

Staff receiving the call will ask for a brief summary of the situation and your concerns. They will send this to the Ethics Consultants. A consultant will usually respond within 24 hours. If the need for help is more urgent, please mention this when calling.

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Last Updated: 12-08-2015
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