Interactive Ward Ethics 4 – Independent

Here is the fourth Interactive Ward Ethics exercise – this one is called ‘Independent’. In it you will decide, for Nina, how to manage a patient with a very low blood pressure. The delicate issue here is when to escalate, or ask for help, and the consequences that I have focussed on relate not to the patient’s... Continue Reading →

Interactive Ward Ethics 3: Obedient

Having survived the challenges presented to her in Collusion and Dangerous, Nina must now negotiate her way through another nightmare week, in Obedient. Here she finds herself questioning a consultant’s decision to set limits of care on a young patient with a life threatening problem. What should she do – obey, question, or seek alternative opinions?... Continue Reading →

Interactive Ward Ethics 2: Dangerous

This is the second interactive post, and the scenario places our long suffering but excellent medical registrar, Nina Charan, in a no-win situation. She observes a colleague, another registrar, making a complete mess of a delicate medical procedure, and has to decide how to deal with it. Should she ignore it, manage it herself, give him... Continue Reading →

Interactive Ward Ethics 1: Collusion

Welcome to the first interactive medical ethics adventure on the Illusions of Autonomy blog. You will guide an experienced trainee doctor, Nina Charan, through a difficult but not uncommon scenario, and in exploring the consequences of various decisions will experience the risks and pitfalls that are encountered on medical wards. It may end after just... Continue Reading →

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