Preserving Autonomy When Confronted With New Scenarios
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
Mohilldean H, Niederhauser A, Soto RG, Mokhtari M. Preserving autonomy when confronted with new scenarios. Presented at: American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, 2023 Oct 15; San Francisco, CA.