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Sunday, August 29, 2010
Making the medical decisions when your loved one can't
On July 26, we posted about The Caregiver's Path To Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can't, a new book by Viki Kind, 216 pages, Greenleaf Book Group (July 1, 2010).
Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, medical educator and hospice volunteer. Her book, The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can't, guides families and healthcare professionals through the difficult process of making decisions for those who are losing or have lost the ability to think. She has also been a caregiver for many years for four members of her family.
Viki was kind enough to provide the following post for our blog:
The other day, I helped a woman who was struggling to make the right medical decisions for her husband who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. As a bioethicist, one of the first things I teach caregivers is to use Substituted Judgment. This ethical standard tells us that as the caregiver, you are supposed to consider all that you know about the person, what he or she has told you in the past, and what would be important to the person. Using this information, do your best to make the decision you think the person would make.
Look for future posts by Viki in the near future.
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