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Ethics of Decision Making in Critical Care

  • S. Bhagwanjee

Abstract

This review will define the context of medical practice in the 21st century to highlight the challenge of managing patients with severe illness and at extremes of age where this was previously not possible. Equally, by virtue of the illness, these patients are often incapable of providing truly informed consent. For this reason there is a greater responsibility for the clinician to be the patient’s advocate. Patient autonomy is always the first imperative for the clinician but the need to be aware of and responsive to the other ethical tenets will be addressed.

Keywords

Severe Sepsis Patient Autonomy Survive Sepsis Campaign Survive Sepsis Campaign Guideline Withdraw Life Support 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Bhagwanjee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiologyUniversity of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg HospitalJohannesburgSouth Africa

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