I am writing a paper for an ethics class. And I have all my sources and most of the actual paper but I am stuck on one part. I do not work in long term care and do not know much about what goes on there or the actual structure of how things would work in this situation. And after searching every journal I could not locate one source that addressed this topic. So I in order to actually understand how this would work, I wanted to know, if a patient were dying and needed immediate care was of sound mind and wanted to be transported to the hospital from a LTC facility, and you the nurse call for the order and the physician says NO and hangs up, what would you do? Is there a medical director to call, another doctor on call? or would you simply send the patient without the order?
I am taking the position of the patient advocate since he has stated his wishes and you do not have time to actually help him work through another option at this time. The time to cover other options would be at a less critical time. But I do not think it would be ethical to let him die.