A Jehovah's Witness with two dependent children refuses a blood transfusion for
himself. This individual has made no provision for the care of these children in
the event of his death. The court will probably:
a. Authorize an alternative treatment.
b. Make the children wards of the state and obtain a written release from the
c. Respect the patient's right to religious freedom, but make the children-wards
of the state.
d. Authorize treatment in the interests of the children.
In which case is the patient's right to refuse likely to be overridden by the state
interest in preserving life?
a. A faith healer who refuses to have his broken leg set.
b. An incompetent, irreversibly comatose patient whose surrogate decision
maker refuses heroic treatment on the patient's behalf.
c. A competent adult who refuses a vaccination for a contagious disease.
d. Parents who refuse treatment for their terminally ill child who has no hope of
Which patient's wish to refuse treatment is likely to present the most
a. A non-terminal, competent quadriplegic who refuses food and water.
b. A terminally ill, incompetent patient with advance directives, whose next of kin
refuses heroic treatment.
c. A terminally ill minor whose parents refuse treatment on his behalf.
d. A patient in a persistent vegetative state whose next of kin wishes to follow
the patient's living will directives to forego a respirator.
Under the state interest of ___________________health care providers have the
right to act affirmatively to save lives without fear of civil liability.
The sanctity of life.
Protecting innocent third parties.
The public safety and welfare.
The ethical integrity of the profession.