Advanced Life Support (ALS) Level 3 (VTQ)

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Ethics of resuscitation

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Ethical Principles in Resuscitation


Exploring the Ethical Aspects of Resuscitation

  • Ethical Foundation: Resuscitation governed by principles of beneficence (doing good) and non-maleficence (doing no harm).
  • Resuscitation Mandate: Upholding the duty to make every effort in resuscitating patients.
  • No Decisions on Life and Death: Acknowledging the inability to play God in deciding when to resuscitate.

Guidelines and Decision-Making

Frameworks for Ethical Resuscitation Decisions

  • Varied Guidelines: Different organizations have specific guidelines (e.g., JRCALC in the ambulance service).
  • Clear Non-Resuscitation Cases: Instances like incineration, decomposition, hemicorporectomy, decapitation, and no-resuscitate scenarios.
  • Grey Areas: In ambiguous situations, give maximum effort and consider hospital transfer for cases involving children, pregnant patients, penetrating trauma, hypothermia, or poisoning.

Confidentiality and Legal Considerations

Protecting Patient Information and Addressing Legalities

  • Confidentiality: It's imperative not to disclose a patient's death to outsiders, neighbors, or ward members.
  • Legal Obligations: If the situation suggests criminal activity, inform the police while prioritizing life preservation.
  • Documentation: Thoroughly document all actions, including ECG records, defibrillator usage, and timings, for potential use in legal proceedings or coroner's courts.