Just watching someone do something is not a civil
wrong, (not an 'assault'). Therefore letting or
encouraging others to watch the spectacle isn't a
civil wrong either.
--- Nick Jenkins <[log in to unmask]>
wrote: > The presence of relatives during Resus is an
> chestnut but, during
> conversation the other day, we touched on the issue
> of consent - maybe the
> patient wouldn't have wanted them there.
> In dealing with consent and the incompetent adult we
> will do what we
> consider best for the patient although it's good
> practice to talk to
> relatives etc. and get them on board.
> In a resus situation (lets say a cardiac arrest)
> having the relatives
> present is hardly for the benefit of the patient -
> it's for the benefit of
> the relatives - but is that where our duty of care
> lies in that situation?
> Children are clearly different.
> What do people think / has anyone already got the
> answer? Purely an
> academic discussion point and could even be argued
> by some as being a case
> of academia divorced from the real world - like most
> academic points there
> must be an answer and sooner or later it'll have a
> practical consequence for
> someone. At the moment it just doesn't 'fit
> properly' in the little pigeon
> holes in my head!!
> Nick Jenkins
> A&E Consultant
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