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Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is available in cases involving individuals with life-threatening conditions.

Requests can be made by a:

  • Patient/Attorney/Guardian/Family member
  • Physician/Registered Nurse
  • Social Worker

Board consists of:

  • Physician*, Registered Nurse*, Social Worker, Hospital Administrator (*not involved in case)

Board consults (when appropriate):

  • Patient's Treatment Team
  • Patient/Family

The committee is advisory in nature, unless there is a disagreement on the course of treatment between individuals with equal decision-making responsibility.

"After consideration of the issue causing the disagreement, the Committee shall make a recommendation and the patient's physician may act in accordance with the recommendation or transfer the patient to another health-care provider. Pending the transfer, the physician shall comply with the instructions of the surrogate, if the failure to comply would likely result in the death of the patient."

The procedure for convening the committee on an ad hoc basis is handled by Outcomes Management at 301-896-3030.

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