Temporizing after Spinal Cord Injury

Rebecca Volpe, Joshua S. Crites, Kristi L. Kirschner

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Abstract

Mr. C is a twenty-two-year-old who was flown to a level-1 trauma center after diving headfirst into shallow water. Prior to this accident, he was in excellent health. At the scene, he had been conscious but was paralyzed and had no sensation below his neck. The emergency medical services team immobilized Mr. C's neck with a cervical collar and intubated him for airway protection before transport. As Mr. C's medical care proceeds, he expresses a desire for extubation, although it was not clear that he had the capacity to make this (or any other) decision. It also was unclear whether this desire reflected his authentic wishes to be allowed to die or stemmed from feelings of discomfort and agitation. Over a period of several days, Mr. C's sedation was lightened, and the psychiatry service conducted a formal decision-making capacity assessment. Mr. C continues to express a desire to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment. However, the psychiatry service is concerned that Mr. C seems to lack adequate insight into what it would mean to die. What does it mean to respect Mr. C's autonomy?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalHastings Center Report
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

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Spinal Cord Injuries
psychiatry
Psychiatry
Neck
Diving
Trauma Centers
medical services
Emergency Medical Services
physician's care
medical care
Accidents
trauma
respect
Decision Making
Emotions
accident
autonomy
decision making
water
Water

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy

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Volpe, Rebecca ; Crites, Joshua S. ; Kirschner, Kristi L. / Temporizing after Spinal Cord Injury. In: Hastings Center Report. 2015 ; Vol. 45, No. 2. pp. 8-10.
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In: Hastings Center Report, Vol. 45, No. 2, 01.03.2015, p. 8-10.

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