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Beyond the Apnea Test

03.28.2023

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Erin Talati Paquette

This event is for invited participants only and is not open to the public.

At this event, Erin Talati Paquette (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Associate Chair of the Ethics Advisory Board, Associate Director for Ethics Advocacy and Co-Chair of the Health Equity Task Force at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) will explore the fact that obtaining consent for the full evaluation to determine death respects diverse viewpoints on brain death and supports the moral status and right to autonomous choice of the individual. Paquette will discuss the potential misuse of ancillary testing if consent for the apnea test is not obtained, and the importance of not conflating the requirement for consent with the obligation of adequate disclosure. There are ethical and legal justifications for obtaining consent for the entire DNC evaluation.