Bioethics in Brief is a newsletter of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, committed to promoting clinical health care and health policy which is patient-centered, compassionate, and just. Opinions expressed in the newsletter are those of the authors and do not represent the position of the Center.
Weighing "Clear and Convincing Evidence"
Miguel is a 44-year-old man with Down's syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. He was transferred from a state-run nursing home to the hospital when he developed pneumonia. His condition rapidly worsened, and he was emergently placed on a mechanical ventilator. TPN was started to maintain his nutrition, and when Miguel has not improved in seven days, a surgical consult was obtained to place a permanent feeding tube...
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