Ethics and rehabilitation of the patient with severe burns

Lisa Chiburis, K. Brown, A. Haddad, B. Coppard

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In the case we present, a physician's order for the treatment of a patient with severe burns unfolds into an ethical dilemma for an occupational therapist. Several conflicting thoughts - in terms of the appropriateness and plan for treatment, while trying to maintain the patient's best interest as the central focus - come to mind. We examine the therapist's ethical responsibilities in light of considerations of futility, nonmaleficence, financial costs, and team relations. Several options for responding to the case are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)


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