Women & Infants' Bioethics Committee is a resource developed by the hospital to help patients, families and staff deal with difficult medical decisions. It is comprised of a group of hospital staff and members of the community who meet to discuss ethical issues in an open, thoughtful caring way.
The goal of the committee is to help our patients, caregivers and families make important decisions by listening to your problems and assisting you in gathering information about the situation that you are experiencing. Our primary focus is on moral, legal, cultural, spiritual and personal issues that are of concern to you.
Issues addressed may pertain to stopping treatment, caring for patients who do not have the capacity to participate in making end-of-life care decisions, reproductive choices and interpreting living wills.
The Bioethics Committee is made up of professionals from various fields including doctors, nurses, chaplains, an ethicist, patient/family members, lawyers, community representatives, social workers, and senior administration. Committee members have experience in helping patients, their families and medical staff with difficult questions that may arise during a patient's treatment. Utilizing the services of the Bioethics Committee is completely free of charge.
You may benefit from the help of the Bioethics Committee if after working with your doctor or other caregivers to sort out the ethical concerns you still are unsure if you are making the "right" decision. The committee has dealt with many issues over the years including limitations of care for newborns and adults, gender selection, and gestational carrier treatment. We are available to help you, your family, your health care providers or anyone else you would like involved in the decisions regarding your care.
Patients or families who wish to consult the Bioethics Committee on specific issues may make a request through their physician, nurse, or social worker. During normal business hours, please call (401) 274-1122, ext. 48660. Nights and weekends, please contact the risk manager on call at (401) 274-1100. For non-urgent questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Medical bioethics is the process of applying legal and ethical principles to concrete, real-world situations. It’s a way of looking at “hard choices” that take into account what the law says, what our values are, and how similar issues have been resolved in the past.
The purpose of the Bioethics Committee is to assist health care providers, hospital administration, and patients and families, by serving as a mechanism to develop, recommend, educate and review broad institutional standards, policies and procedures related to bioethical issues. The committee also fosters interdisciplinary dialogue concerning the bioethical implications of patient care and medical research through education and consultation of individual cases.
The main purpose of a bioethics consultation is to assist the family and health care providers in analyzing difficult bioethical issues that arise in patient care. Our Bioethics Committee consists of:
Committee members have expertise in consulting on bioethical problems which arise in patient care. The consultation is intended to help clarify the situation, and delineate options, provide information, and increase communication between family, patient, physician, and other involved parties.
A patient, family member, physician, nurse, social worker, or any member of the health care team may request a consultation with the Bioethics Committee.
It’s good to know the Bioethics Committee is available to help, if you or your family needs it. Here are some actions you can take to ensure that your wishes are known.