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As the practice of medicine and medical technology advances, health care providers and community members are sometimes faced with ethical dilemmas.
Instead of asking, "What can be done?" people now often ask, "What should be done?" Questions like these might come up during terminal illness, or when a patient is making choices about a major medical procedure, or when someone filling out a Living Will.
In most cases, there is no simple right or wrong answer, and the same approach is not right for everyone. Structure, skill and experience are important in dealing with complex issues like these.
The CRMC Ethics Committee is not a decision-making body. Instead, it serves to build consensus between the parties concerned with an ethical matter so that everyone involved can make a decision that is acceptable.
Catskill Regional Medical Center offers a free Ethics Consultation Service to assist patients, families, and staff members in making difficult decisions. By providing this service, CRMC strives to resolve the ethical dilemmas that modern medicine can present and maintain the highest patient care standards.
The consultants explore the values and concerns of the patient and family to help identify and address the diverse issues that can develop. They draw from the expertise of physicians, nurses, case managers, pastoral care representatives, hospital administration and legal counsel.
An ethics consultation should be requested when ethical or moral questions arise for:
After a request is submitted, three members of the Ethics Committee will assemble within 48 hours (time sensitive situations will receive immediate attention). The Ethics Committee evaluates the current situation, reviews the patient's social and medical history, and interviews all the parties involved. Options are then provided for consideration, working toward a mutually acceptable resolution.
For more information, please contact Debbie Hanratty at 845.794.3300, Extension 2108.
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