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Care of the DyingA pathway to excellence$
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John Ellershaw and Susie Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.001.0001

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Ethical issues in care of the dying

Ethical issues in care of the dying

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(p.63) Chapter 4 Ethical issues in care of the dying
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Care of the Dying
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Thorns Andrew

Eve Garrard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.003.0004

This chapter discusses the ethical issues connected to the care of the dying: issues of hydration and nutrition, issues of ventilation, and issues relating to capacity and decision making. It looks at an ethical framework that tackles the best approach to ethical decision making, which includes the four moral principles that govern the field of health care ethics, and discusses the influence and moral justification of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) in ethical decision making. The chapter also discusses withholding and withdrawing interventions and treatments at the end of life and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Keywords:   ethical issues, hydration, ventilation, capacity, ethical framework, ethical decision making, moral principles, health care ethics, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, interventions

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