Accession Number : ADA222226


Title :   A Study to Determine if Ethics Committees Should be a Decision-Making and Review Mechanism for Matters Relating to No-Code Orders in the Continental United States Army Medical Department Hospitals with over One Hundred Total Operating Beds


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis Jul 1983-Jul 1984


Corporate Author : ARMY HEALTH CARE STUDIES AND CLINICAL INVESTIGATION ACTIVITY FORT SAM HOUSTON TX


Personal Author(s) : Briggs, Lee W


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a222226.pdf


Report Date : Aug 1984


Pagination or Media Count : 159


Abstract : This study was conducted to determine if ethics committees should be a decision making and review mechanism. A survey was distributed to all continental US Army hospitals with over one hundred operating beds. The survey measured attitudes on the roles of ethics committees in 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders patients. The study found a clear lack of guidance for preceding in these cases. The author recommended a written no-code policy from the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG), the policy should require a committee to handle ethical issues, that the committee review various ethical issues, and the facility commander be encouraged to use non-physicians of his choosing on this committee. Keywords: Military medicine; Medical services.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *MEDICAL SERVICES , *HOSPITALS , ARMY , POLICIES , MILITARY MEDICINE


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE