Project #48694 - Treating Ill Infants and Children and Euthanasia and End-of-Life Decisions

This is the first assignment and should be written separatedly.

This post is for two assignments, both written in APA format, and each assignment is for a 250-300 word paper.

The questions for the assignment need to be answered within the paper. meaning each paragraph the questions need to be answered.  

First assignment

1. Treating Ill Infants and Children

One of your female patients has just given birth to a Down’s child with severe heart defects and probable total deafness. The patient and her husband have informed you of their intentions to start legal proceedings to have their child be no code; that is, that no surgeries will be performed and the child will not be revived from cessation of breathing or cardiac arrest. Their intent is that the child will be fed and made as pain-free and comfortable as possible until dying naturally.

In a short essay of 250-300 words, answer the following questions:

  1. What would your position be as this child’s physician?
  2. Should all efforts be made to save this child, no matter the procedures used or the cost?
  3. Who should be allowed to make this decision?
  4. What should be the limits of the parent’s right to choose?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide.

2. Benchmark: Euthanasia and End-of-Life Decisions

Your terminally ill patient told you at her last visit that, since her pain could no longer be completely controlled by any means, and in her opinion she was just waiting to die, she was going to Holland to participate in their physician-assisted suicide program.

In a short essay of 250-300 words, answer the following questions:

  1. What ethical dilemmas exist with physician-assisted suicide laws?
  2. What would your advice to this patient be?
  3. You know that patients with her terminal illness are going to Mexico for a new, but unproven treatment. Would you recommend this as an alternative to assisted suicide?

Consider these additional questions, relating this case to euthanasia, living will, and prolonging life:

  1. Should a doctor be able to end the life of those who are suffering and have no hope of recovery? Why or why not?
  2. Can a living will be used to guide her end-of-life decisions? How?
  3. How does the use of technology complicate the dying process?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide

Subject Medicine
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/23/2014 12:00 am
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