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Benchmark – Brain Death Scenario

The purpose of this assignment is to apply ethical and legal issues to a brain death scenario.


You are a hospital administrator who has been told by your ICU unit director of a patient in the unit who has suffered serious brain damage from a car accident 2 days ago and is currently intubated. The patient is 45 years old but does not currently meet the criteria for complete brain death as defined by Arizona state legislature in “4-1107. Determination of Death and Status; Rules,” located in the Topic 7 Resources. The spouse of the patient has consulted with the attending physician. The attending physician informed the spouse that the patient could survive but would likely require life support. Half of the family is insisting that the patient “wouldn’t want to live this way” and the other half is accusing the other family members of wanting to “kill” the patient. Some allegations have been raised about a substantial inheritance for some family members upon the patient’s death. The battle is becoming intense, and it is beginning to disrupt the medical and nursing staff.

PowerPoint Presentation

Create a 12-15-slide PowerPoint presentation in which you address the ethical and legal application in the provided scenario.

For the presentation of your PowerPoint, use Zoom or YouTube to create a video. Refer to the Topic 7 Resources for additional guidance on recording your presentation with Zoom. Include an additional slide for the Zoom link at the beginning and an additional slide for References at the end.

Be sure to include the following in your presentation:

Describe the medical care issues involved in this situation.

Explain which laws and regulations apply to this situation.

Explain how you would interpret these laws and regulations when making a decision.

Describe the ethical issues that may arise based on your decision as the hospital administrator.

Explain how you can ensure appropriate implementation of supporting policies and procedures in order to ensure ethical integrity.
What policies and procedures would you consider when making your decision? How would you ensure these procedures were followed correctly?
What resources could you use to support your decision?
Include a title slide, references slide, and speaker notes.
Support your presentation with a minimum of three scholarly resources (not including the textbook).
Refer to the resource, “Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations,” located in the Student Success Center, for additional guidance on completing this assignment in the appropriate style.

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