Acute clinical ethics consultation: the practicalities

Andrew Gill, P. Saul, J. Mcphee, I. Kerridge

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    In Australia there has been only limited experience with ethics consultation, and there are no reports of practical details.In 1999, the Institutional Clinical Ethics Committee at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, initiated an Acute Clinical Ethics Service (ACES) to formalise a perceived need within the hospital for ethics consultation. This need had previously been met by ad-hoc councils of "wise men".The ACES approach uses a team of people with different perspectives to provide an ethics consultation in a timely manner.Our initial experience of ACES has shown thata formal process of ethics consultation may be preferable to informal approaches in many circumstances;even when genuine consensus is not possible, an ethics consultation nevertheless provides an opportunity to share different points of view and helps to avoid practices that may be unacceptable.The specific implications of acute ethics consultations are not yet fully elucidated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)204-206
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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