Writing Assignment Ethics

Oct 6th, 2014
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Consider your answers in the first discussion question.

Would it make a difference if Will was on life support?

Would it make a difference if Will was not terminally ill?


Is Will's request to reprogram the morphine machine justified by an ethical right to decide the course of his own death?

With Will dying from liver cancer, a request for less pain by him is acceptable and responsible for the medical staff to perform. Nothing in any culture says that you must accept pain more than you can bear just to die. In fact, this would be one of the usual steps taken by a hospice if they were to take over and allow Will to die at his own rate instead of preserving his life indefinitely with machines.

In fact, using some combination of medications, counseling and therapies, most patients can attain a level of comfort they consider acceptable. Pain free but alert is the best choice you can get, since you can get responses for medical staff and realize the patient just is not feeling the pain from the disease that is killing them. This would provide the best situation for everyone.

What are the ethical implications of Will's request that his physicians reprogram his morphine machine?

Given the stage and inoperability of the cancer, Will’s request has no real ethical implications. He will not become addicted to morphine then turned loose on the streets to survive without, he is, in essence, in the hospital to die. You are neither hastening his death, nor are you doing anything but providing the things Will needs during the dying process. This would include some friendship, attention, and pastoral care along with the medications to stop pain.

This is the situation where hospice care is a benefit to hospitals in that their staff is trained to handle all of those needs and to watch for what is happening. If it turns out that the patient is recovering, they can take them off of hospice and place them back into general treatment programs until there is a definite opinion that death will be the next phase of the patient’s life.

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