Limits to Life-Sustaining Treatment
2. Long-Term Care Facility
As our society ages, more and more patients are transferred from hospitals to long-term care facilities.
These institutions rarely have the full range of resuscitation and support equipment that an acute care hospital would have. Is this morally equivalent to a decision to limit treatment (at least immediately available treatment) in these ways?
Some patients may be transferred to an emergency room when they "crash" - what then is the ethical status of a decision not to transfer a patient - who should make the decision, on what basis, etc?