Conundrums in Clinical Ethics Consultation
Consciousness, Capacity, and Compulsion
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center
The third statewide conference of the Clinical Ethics Network of North Carolina, “Conundrums in Clinical Ethics Consultation: Consciousness, Capacity, and Compulsion.” took place on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Conference Center of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This full-day conference featured both large and small group sessions on leading topics in clinical ethics.
Conference speakers examined multiple issues in caring for patients whose decision-making capacity is compromised or absent, including:
- Diagnosis of permanent vegetative state, minimally conscious state, and death by neurologic criteria.
- Treatment choices for unconscious and minimally conscious patients.
- Criteria for assessment of decision-making capacity.
- Caring for patients whose conditions limit their freedom of choice and action.