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There may be a time when you're called upon to make a decision about life-sustaining treatment, either for yourself or for a loved one. Novant Health has an Ethics Committee to help you in such circumstances.
This can often be a frightening and very painful task. Yet every patient has the right to make those decisions and to have the information needed to make them. Communication among patients, families, and health care providers may lessen your fears and help relieve the burden that such decision-making may cause.
What is an Ethics Committee?
The Ethics Committee is a group of professionals who are prepared to listen to your case objectively and bring their collective wisdom to it. They can help get all the facts you need to make a decision, and they can offer feedback and suggestions. They will never come up with a final answer or tell you what to do. The Ethics Committee exists to help everyone involved make the best decision possible.
Who is on the Ethics Committee?
The committee is made up of physicians, nurses, a hospital chaplain, representatives from medical social work, administration and the general public. They all have been educated in medical ethics. Through the committee, they can bring their various perspectives together to help you make a decision that is right for you and your family.
What kinds of cases involve the Committee?
Any case involving ethical dilemmas in the medical decisions about a patient's care. A patient, family member, physician or nurse can bring cases to the committee. All conversations are held in strictest confidence.
How do I get in touch with the Ethics Committee?
Ask your nurse or doctor to contact the committee for you.
There are many reasons to have an Ethics Committee and many ways the committee can help you. There is no charge for the service. It is a resource we offer to help you make decisions in difficult situations.