EXERCISES, LESSON 2, SECTION I
It is recommended that you work the following exercises (1 through 28) before
beginning the next section of the lesson. After you have completed the exercises,
check your answers against the solutions following the exercises. For any answer
missed, reread the material referenced in the solution.
MULTIPLE-CHOICE. Select the ONE response (a, b, c, or d) that BEST completes the
statement or BEST answers the question.
Compared to competent adults refusing treatment for themselves, those making
decisions on behalf of incompetent adults and minors have _____ right to refuse
because of their duty to act in the best interests of the patient.
A more limited.
In which case would the State be likely to overrule the patient's right to refuse
treatment, based on a compelling and overriding state interest?
Extraordinary care for a terminally ill minor.
Extraordinary care for a comatose incompetent adult.
Life-saving care for a young child.
Life-saving care for a Christian Scientist (a competent, single adult).
Those making decisions for minors and incompetent adults can generally
a. Any treatment they deem inappropriate.
b. Treatment that is elective or not likely to be beneficial.
c. Any treatment that they would refuse if making a health care decision for
A mentally retarded, 18-year-old male is brought to the emergency room. he has
attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills. He flails his arms
about, and threatens to sue the hospital if his stomach is pumped. The health
care team should:
a. Explain the consequences of no treatment and have him sign a patient
b. Comply with his wishes.
c. Begin treatment right away.
d. Obtain a bedside consultation from the hospital ethics committee.