To be or not to be'an ethical debate on the not-for-resuscitation (NFR) status of a stroke patient.
Nursing has been described as a moral endeavour (Seedhouse, 1988 ; Berger et al., 1991), the art of dealing with ethical issues of right and wrong.
Within the nursing literature, ethical issues are a major topic for discussion.
Berger et al. (1991) explain that this reflects larger societal concerns about ethics in business, industry and government.
The development of advanced technology and life-sustaining treatments such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has heightened the dilemmas of moral decision making.
CPR was developed in the 1960s as an emergency life-saving procedure, although it is currently used on anyone who does not have a not-for-resuscitation status (Anon., 1980).
In this paper, an ethical issue involving the decision of whether or not to resuscitate a stroke patient is discussed.
An overview of the main ethical theories is presented because they provide a framework for an explication of ethical decision-making.
The options available to those involved are then discussed in relation to relevant research.
Finally, a conclusion is drawn from the ensuing situation.
Mots-clés Pascal : Accident cérébrovasculaire, Homme, Prise décision, Réanimation cardiocirculatoire, Equipe soignante, Personnel sanitaire, Ethique, Communication information, Infirmier, Critère décision, Royaume Uni, Europe, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Cérébrovasculaire pathologie, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Vaisseau sanguin pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Stroke, Human, Decision making, Intensive cardiocirculatory care, Health care staff, Health staff, Ethics, Information communication, Nurse, Decision criterion, United Kingdom, Europe, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Cerebrovascular disease, Cardiovascular disease, Vascular disease
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Cote : 97-0253515
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 11/06/1997.