End of life issues are very much in the news these days, but hospital and other healthcare professionals have dealt with these issues every day fror years.
USA Today reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman explored this topic in detail in her article “Life and Death: Hospital ethics panels help families decide.” The article features comments from Methodist Healthcare Bioethics Committe Chair Dawn Seery, who facilitates the class “Conversations Before the Crisis” in San Antonio.
Grossman reports in USA Today:
While headlines scream about “death panels” and Congress wrangles over health care reform, these committees or consultants have worked in U.S. hospitals for nearly two decades.
They are typically volunteers: physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, ethicists and medical school professors, who mediate among facts, emotions, hope and fantasy.
“Culture and religion inform every decision about health, illness, disease and care, about true caring, about who can live, about the measure of quality in a life, about when suffering begins and how it ends. We bring our full selves to every bedside,” says Dawn Seery, head of the five-hospital Methodist Healthcare System’s bioethics committee in San Antonio.
Before the Crisis” session will be . at the Methodist Healthcare System office, Classroom 1, 8109 Fredericksburg Road . Call or to register in advance. The class covers information on and designating medical power of attorney.
— SA Health