ETHICAL Dilemma: Medical Futility



Overview of Dilemma

This scenario highlights the ethical dilemma of medical futility when Mavis remains in ICU on a ventilator as a result of respiratory failure. She also has dementia and terminal cancer. The family is unwilling to consider withdrawing life support and one of the members is openly antagonistic and is not afraid to question and confront nurses about what he thinks is best for his mother.

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