Ethics consultation is a service provided by specially trained hospital staff. When there is uncertainty or conflict about the right thing to do, ethics consultants work with patients, families and staff to help them make good decisions to resolve these concerns.
Ethics consultants will not investigate complaints or allegations of misconduct. These are handled by the Patient Advocate Office.
Anyone can ask for an ethics consultation.
Ethics consultations are completely free. You will not be billed for an ethics consultation.
Ethics consultants will not make a decision for you -- they will make sure that everyone's point of view is heard. They will also:
- Ask about your concerns.
- Gather information from all involved.
- Determine if other experts are needed. For example, lawyers will be asked for legal opinions; medical specialists will be asked for medical opinions.
- Identify possible options.
- Make recommendations to you and the other people involved.
- Add a note to the patient's health record documenting the ethics consultation as it relates to medical care.