Response Team 4

ResponseTeam 4

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ResponseTeam 4

Itis undoubtedly that the term futile treatment refers to the chancesless that 10% that the patient will not recover. It may take otherdimension and refer to the treatment that does not provide meaningfulchances of recovery or that which increase the dying process. Themost important aspect to note in the definition is that the treatmentis not likely to lead to recovery and that the dying of the patientis inevitable. Suffering experienced by the patient when undergoingtreatment and the family members is a difficult situation that shouldbe a meaningful basis of making a decision.

Whenit is reasonably assured that the patient will die, physicians maychoose to shorten the course while family members are not ready toexperience the pain of losing a loved one. Since family members maynot be professionals in the field of medicine, they nay never digestthe concept of futile treatment and would expect that the patientwill recover. Ethical dilemma faces physicians in such situation.Withdrawing treatment would relieve the pain to the patient and inthe same time pain to the family for the loss of their loved ones.

Nomatter the situation however, prudence, due diligence and use ofbio-ethics principles can provide a reasonable guide to making adecision. Family matters in relation to wills and succession need tobe made at an earlier stage in life to avoid situations where doctorsare forced to initiate aggressive treatment in order to make patientsbetter. Some of these treatment may never be successful, which is thecase in many circumstances, and may lead to pain to both the patientand the family members. Other ethical theories can also help indecision making for ethical dilemmas.