Ethical Dilemmas in Contemporary Healthcare: Case Studies and Discussion

Author(s): Latonya Brumfield, Shelly Sanders, Katharine Sinclair-Faulkner

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Ethics

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Ethical dilemmas abound in critical care, such as considering whether a patient is too old to receive a heart transplant, if a patient who is actively abusing substances should receive dialysis, whether children should be allowed to have bariatric surgery, and deciding which COVID patient will be given the last ventilator. These are all examples we face in modern healthcare. Join us as we walk through these and other case studies of ethical dilemmas and discuss considerations involved and frameworks to aid in decision-making.


  • Identify key considerations when examining ethical dilemmas.
  • Assess the frameworks presented for use in ethical decision-making.
  • Apply an ethical decision-making framework to an ethical dilemma.

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