The rapid advancement of medical technology and treatment has led to situations that can perplex even the most knowledgeable and most compassionate among us.
Ethical concerns and issues faced by patients and their families have become complex.
With so many new technologies and new choices, it is sometimes difficult to know whether we are making the decision that is best for our loved one.
Fortunately, Community Hospital’s Ethics Committee can help by offering information and assistance.
Community Hospital’s Ethics Committee is made up of healthcare providers and community representatives who are committed to high quality healthcare being provided to all patients:
- Physicians from various specialties
- Hospital senior management
- Hospital chaplains
- Professionals committed to social work, patient rights, advance directives, intensive care, and organ/tissue donation.
The Ethics Committee is available to assist patients and their families if they are having difficulty determining the right choices.
A consultation with representatives of the committee may help all participants to better understand what the choices are and to clarify the values involved in the decision. The ethics consultation group serves as a sounding board.
Consultations are confidential and advisory. A patient and family’s right to privacy and sensitive treatment of their concerns is always respected.What Can You Do as a Patient?
The following are ways you can be prepared to make hard healthcare decisions:
- Have a patient/physician conversation about what your choices for treatment and what your values are.
- Discuss and prepare Medical Advance Directives, such as a Medical Durable Power of Attorney.
- Attend Community Hospital ethics educational programs.
- Attend public forums and presentations on bio-medical ethics issues and debates.
- The public library, Community Hospital’s website, and the Internet have helpful publications for all levels of interest.
Request an Ethics Committee consult by speaking to any staff member, or by contacting the Patient Advocate at 970 256 6291.
Colorado Advance Directives
The Colorado Advance Directives Consortium (CADC) is an informal organization of professionals in health care, senior services, law, and ethics dedicated to improving the tools and processes for healthcare decision making in Colorado.Click here
to learn more about Advance Directives in Colorado and MOST form (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment).