The ethics of treating family members – when is care ‘treating’, and when is it appropriate?
An exploration of the ethics, challenges and practical reality of treating family members. Hutchison & McConnell deploy models of virtue, utilitarianism, deontology and principlism in an accessible and applied way.
- Virtue ethics – behaving in the way we think is right; embodying courage.
- Utilitarianism – behaving so as to maximise the best outcomes for the greater number of people.
- Deontology – obeying the rules; following a duty to moral law.
- Principlism – balances beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy and justice.
They cautiously challenge the blanket prohibitions of many professional bodies against treating family members.
Well worth reading.
“Only by constantly questioning whether they are the correct person to deliver care can they hope to do right by both their relative and themselves.”
Pressure-controlled face mask ventilation during paediatric induction reduces gastric insufflation compared with manual ventilation.
High intraoperative FiO2 does not significantly reduce surgical site infections.
Intravenous lidocaine improves postoperative analgesia at 4h and 24h after laparoscopic or open abdominal surgery, but not at 48h or for other surgery types.
Spinal 2-chloroprocaine has pharmacokinetic advantages over low dose bupivacaine that make it a useful choice for ambulatory surgery.
Dexmedetomidine reduces perioperative stress and inflammation, while supporting surgical patients’ immune function.
LMA use in children with URTIs reduces cough compared to intubation, but possibly not laryngospasm, although quality of evidence is poor.
Intrathecal hyperbaric and isobaric bupivacaine are equally clinically effective when used for elective cesarean section.
Removing retracted and suspicious studies completely reverses the WHO 2016 recommendation for high FiO2 to reduce surgical infections. The scourge of academic misconduct continues!