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PRO-CON DEBATES IN CRITICAL CARE ETHICS: PRACTICING MEDICINE IN MORALLY PLURALISTIC SOCIETIES

Posted Apr 28 2010 7:02am
On Sunday, May 16th at the American Thoracic Society meeting in New Orleans, Doug White and Elie Azoulay have constructed a great 2 1/2 hour session on debates in critical care ethics.  Here is the schedule.  I am at 3:30pm.


Target Audience
Critical care clinicians, behavioral scientists, ethics committee members, hospital administrators, policymakers and trainees

Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to
  • Explain and present competing viewpoints on ethical dilemmas important to critical care clinicians;
  • Analyze the concept of moral pluralism and its implications for health policy and critical care medicine.

This session will provide pro-con debates on pressing ethical dilemmas in critical care medicine, with a focus on health care rationing, medical futility and the role of the physicians in making decisions to withdraw life sustaining treatments.

1:30pm Introduction
D. B. White, MD, MAS, Pittsburgh, PA

1:35pm Practicing Critical Care Medicine In Pluralistic Societies
D. B. White, MD, MAS, Pittsburgh, PA

1:55pm Physicians Should Routinely Provide Recommendations To Surrogates About Whether To Forego Life Support: PRO
J. B. Hall, MD, Chicago, IL
2:10pm Rebuttal
C. Manthous, MD, Bridgeport, CT
2:25pm General Discussion

2:35pm Individual Physicians Should Have Discretion To Ration Access To ICU Beds: PRO
S. D. Halpern, MD, PhD, Philadelphia, PA
2:50pm Rebuttal
M. D. Siegel, MD, New Haven, CT
3:05pm General Discussion

3:15pm Futility Policies Giving Final Authority To Hospitals Or Ethics Committees Are Ethically Sound: PRO
R. L. Fine, MD, Dallas, TX
3:30pm Rebuttal
T. Pope, JD, PhD, Wilmington, DE
3:45pm General Discussion

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