The Feeding Tube
Presented By: Carolyn Campbell
Presented To: Dr. Harold Griffin
Class: HSA 515
Date: February 26, 2012
The Feeding Tube
All patient’s in the United States have all been equal to one right. The Patient’s Bill of Rights apply to this situation because an individual has the right to make their own decisions as long as they have the right mind and is fully competent. The Patient Bill of Rights is simply a statement that entitles the patient to medical care. A statement that articulates the rights in which the doctors and hospitals ought to provide patients, thereby providing information, offering fair treatment, and granting them autonomy over medical decisions. There are six values that are commonly applied to medical ethics (Showalter, 2010). The Bill of Rights include: the right to exercise the freedom of speech, to practice religion, be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures, bear arms in an organized militia, demand a jury trial, to be protected against self- incrimination and be accordance substantive and procedural due process of the law. This also applies to June because she has the right to choose her own path in life. In this case, June is suffering from a dangerous disease. At first June agreed to the feeding tube but then she became even more ill and didn’t want the tube. The patient bill of rights applies because June has the right to know what treatment options are available to her and what the outcome of all of them will be. The patient has the right to decide his or her own medical care. She also has the right to know about all side effects. June needs to be told what her chances are of living if she does not take the feeding tube like she planned before she became even sicker. June has the right to have her health information kept confidential while only given certain people the right to know her information. It is noted that in the absence of a progressive terminal disease, the feeding tube may be used to prolong...
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