For your Discussion this week, please carefully read pages 379 – 383 in your textbook. These pages focus on two cases: In re Quinlanand the Terri Shiavo case. While the cases do focus on devastating and emotionally charged situations, please consider the importance of the advance directives in such circumstances and how having such instruments available in the Quinlan and Shiavocase would have impacted the families and the outcome of each case.
After reading both cases, please discuss the following:
- As a health administrator, discuss the importance of securing advance directives at the time of inpatient registration or emergency care.
- As a health administrator, discuss how advance directives would have facilitated care in the Quinlan and Shiavo cases.
- Include in your initial post, the reasons why patients neglect or overlook creating such instruments.
- Finally, who speaks for patients when the patient is not able to make their wishes known? Further, is this, in your view, patient self-determination? Explain.
The book is – The Law of Healthcare Administration, seventh ed. J. stuart Showalter