Members of the MultiCare Bioethics department are here to assist you. We are specially trained to act as consultants and help sort through the ethical difficulties you may be experiencing. Based on ethical principles, we will provide recommendations regarding treatment and decisions.
Consultation requests will be responded to promptly.
Rest assured that we know these types of situations are personal and confidential. We will always respect patients' and families' right to privacy.
Ethics consults may be requested by patients, their families or MultiCare staff. You should consider requesting an ethics consult when:
Examples of situations where an ethics consult would be useful include:
A patient requires a particular medical intervention to survive. The patient refuses the treatment, but his doctor or family is worried that he does not entirely understand what the treatment is. Should the procedure be performed?
A patient tested positive for HIV, but tells his doctor not to inform his spouse. Is their provider obligated to maintain confidentiality or inform the spouse?
A 2-year-old child has meningitis, but her parents refuse treatment. Without treatment, the child will die. Should the hospital treat against the parent’s wishes?
To request an ethics consult, please contact Ryan Pferdehirt, Clinical Ethicist at 253-403-1136