Ethics in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

2nd Edition


  • Print ISBN 9780750653534


A group of expert contributors have provided perspectives on areas of common concern to the anaesthetist and intensivist, and nursing staff, giving both the clinical and theoretical perspective. By understanding the underlying principles, the reader will be able to create their own framework from which to reach a decision. It is anticipated that the arguments given may challenge the reader's personal ethical stance. Those who are new to ethics will find the examples given help them to see how these underlying principles are put into everyday practice.

Areas covered include: consent, patient confidentiality, fitness to practice, whistleblowing on colleagues, clinical research, maternal-foetal conflicts, children, intensive care, palliative care, withdrawing and withholding therapy, euthanasia, infectious disease control.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Heather Draper
2. Consent and Adult Patients in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care
Alan Aitkenhead
3. Fitness to Practice, Self-regulation and Clinical Governance in Anaesthesia
David Hatch
4. Confidentiality, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care
Catherine Hale
5. Cultural Relativism, Tolerance and Respect for Autonomy
Andrew Fagan
6. Ethical and Legal Issues Affecting the Treatment of Children
Nicholas Pace
7. Clinical Research
Mike Harmer
8. Research Ethics
Richard Nicholson
9. Evidence Based Medicine and Anaesthesia
Lucy Frith
10. Maternal Foetal Conflicts and the Anaesthetists' Role
Wendy Scott, Heather Draper
11. Resource Allocation in Critical Care
Richard Wenstone, June Jones
12. Ethical Management in Intensive Care
June Jones
13. Withdrawing and Withholding Life Sustaining Therapy and Euthanasia
Heather Draper
14. Brain Death and the Cadaveric Organ Donor
David Lamb
15. The Acceptability of Routine Testing for Blood Borne Communicable Diseases
Rebecca Bennett
16. Teaching and Assessing Medical Ethics
Lisa Schwartz
17. Ethical Issues in Private Practice
Chris Bareham, Tom Sorrell


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About the editors

Heather Draper

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics, The Centre for Biomedical Ethics, University of Birmingham

Wendy Scott

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Anaesthetist, Derby City General Hospital, Derby, UK