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Title: Solidarity and compassion in resuscitation
Authors: Pace, David
Keywords: Resuscitation
Euthanasia -- Moral and ethical aspects
Life-support systems (Critical care)
Terminal care -- Moral and ethical aspects
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: This literature-based study is set to explore the need for compassion and solidarity in resuscitation. The first chapter focuses on what resuscitation is and what it entails. Ethical and moral issues related to resuscitation decisions are discussed. These include, the four-principles of biomedical ethics and other factors such as futility of treatment and the ethics of a Do-not-Resuscitate/not-for- CPR order. These strategies alone are not enough in ensuring adequate care for individuals who might need emergency or critical care. This is followed by the second chapter which introduces and explains what compassion is. A section on passive euthanasia, debated in the dilemma concerning the omission of life-saving and sustaining treatment, is included. Reference is made to literature which refers to passive or active euthanasia as false compassion. A section on solidarity and its practical implications in resuscitation and critical care ensues. The third and final chapter delves into the question of what dignity is and the ways that patient dignity can be safeguarded, both in resuscitation and non-resuscitation. Compassion and Solidarity continue to be explored as central clinical dispositions for continuing to achieve the aims and objectives of resuscitation itself, the acceptance of death and being close to the incurably sick and critically ill patient. The conclusion of this study is that compassion and solidarity may be the key to achieving the desired outcomes both for patients in resuscitation and their relatives. Compassion and solidarity do not aim at completely eliminating uncomfortable resuscitations or saving lives at all costs. Such clinical dispositions can be means of affirming the dignity of patients throughout the time of resuscitative interventions. Compassion and solidarity in resuscitation can also be instrumental in claiming positive, precious memories in the hearts of relatives whose loved ones do not survive resuscitation.
Description: M.A.BIOETHICS
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacThe - 2016
Dissertations - FacTheMT - 2016

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