Two Miscellaneous Vignettes

By H.I. Grousbeck, C.G. Prober, Alexander Tauber, Elizabeth A. Zambricki
2009 | Case No. ETH14 | Length 5 pgs.
This case uses two vignettes to illustrate ethical questions that may occur at hospitals. In the first, 89-year old widow Theresa Addison is faced with the challenge of finding a facility that will care for her 47 year old son on a long term basis. Her son had been born with cerebral palsy, and facilities had deemed his situation futile. In the second vignette, hospital staff missed a key indicator during a newborn’s first baby wellness check, resulting in considerable brain necrosis.

Learning Objective

The objective of this case is to develop talking points and how to comfort patients in the face of very sensitive and seemingly futile situations.
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