Advanced cardiopulmonary care technologies, such as ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, suggest the importance of considering whether, when, and for how long they should be used. These life-sustaining therapies can postpone certain death, reshape our views about what should be considered good end-of-life care, and prompt examination of what clinicians’ roles might be in patients’ experiences of death.
Georgina Morley, PhD, MSc, RN and Annie Sharon Fox, MA
This series of 3 paintings of figures in a bath explores emotional responses of persons experiencing or responding to others’ moral distress. Intricately tied together and connected through time and space, the bodies represented suggest a complex web of relationships between clinicians and patients.
AMA J Ethics. 2019;21(5):E457-460. doi: