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Wednesday Nov 18th, 2020—4:00pm
Waiving Students’ Rights Goodbye? The Legal and Ethical Implications of Liability Waivers
Bryn Esplin, JD, HEC-C
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The pandemic has disrupted education at all levels. One of concern is medical student education because of the requisite that students face patients in their clinical rotations. Some schools introduced liability waivers that students were required to sign to release the school should the student become ill, perhaps from a patient encounter. Professor Esplin discusses the legality and the feasibility of releasing a school from harm iin that instance,  Looking ahead too, how does medical education change if patient contact is reduced for students to reduce spread of the disease? This discussion will explore those questions and many more. Bring your experiences and questions!

Professor Esplin is an assistant  professor of medicine at University of North Texas Health Center.

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Should Family Members Watch as Their Dying Loved Ones Get CPR?


The benefits and disadvantages of family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have been argued since it was proposed in 1987. The possibilities of stress for health care providers and increased emotional burden for family members as well as risk of legal claims have been the central argument points.A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2013 found out that family members who watch health care providers perform (CPR) on their loved ones were less likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder. They also experienced less anxiety and depression symptoms. The quality of CPR, the level of CPR performers’ emotional stress, patient survival rate and medico-legal claims were found to be not affected by the presence of family members.This 570-participant study done in France concluded that being present during CPR might help families understand that emergency technicians have done everything possible to save the patient’s life. It might offer family opportunities to say goodbye to their loved ones and help them with the bereavement process. The study was done in the home setting for patients with cardiac arrest. Trials in hospitals, such as emergency rooms and intensive care units, are needed to confirm the results, according to the researchers of the study.

Goldwater Institute to Sue over Medicaid Expansion in Arizona


The Goldwater Institute plans to sue over the Medicaid expansion recently approved in Arizona. The story was reported September 12, 2013 in the Arizona Republic.

Five Insurers in Arizona Describe Rates for Health Coverage under ACA


Five health insurers in Arizona outlined their rates for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Reported September 12, 2013 in the Arizona Republic.

Family Fights to Block Deportation of Comatose Exchange Student


A Pakistani exchange student, in a coma since a November car accident, faces possible deportation next week as his visa expires and the Minnesota hospital caring for him seeks to send him home amid mounting, unpaid medical bills, claims the man’s family.Source: NBC News

ASBH 2013 Annual Meeting


The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 2013 Annual Meeting, "Tradition, Innovation and Moral Courage," will take place October 24-27, 2013, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. Additional details, including sponsorship and exhibit booth information, are available on the ASBH Meetings Page.

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