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Moral issues of surgical emergencies

Luc Michel
Published Online: 2007-06-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JIBL.2007.019

Abstract

Surgical emergencies raise three moral issues

First, there is the profound trust that vulnerable patients feel toward their surgeon especially in emergency situation. The patient expects the surgeon to be his advocate for optimal care, not an advocate for some minimalist standard. He expect also that the surgeon will remain the conservative guardian given to using traditional techniques that have been validated by years of experience as well as the leader of a team which constitutes a moral community with strong implicit standards to take care of him and to protect him from danger, including dangerous therapeutic innovations or clinical short-cuts.

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Luc Michel

Surgical Services, Catholic University of Louvain at Mont-Godinne University Hospital.


Published Online: 2007-06-21

Published in Print: 2007-06-19


Citation Information: Journal of International Biotechnology Law, Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 131–132, ISSN (Print) 1612-6068, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JIBL.2007.019.

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