Preserving Autonomy When Confronted With New Scenarios

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date



Patient is a 25-year-old man with PMH of obesity and alcohol use disorder who presented with painless jaundice. He was admitted and diagnosed with hepatic steatosis by ultrasound. His admission was complicated by diminishing mental status and liver failure, ultimately requiring the ICU and liver transplant. The patient’s wishes included DNR/DNI status, but when presented with the opportunity for liver transplant he was not able to make that decision for himself. His mother believed he would want “everything to be done,” although contradictory to what he has stated. Today we will discuss the role of ethics and the ability to override DNR/DNI status


American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 12-16, 2023, San Francisco, CA