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Medical Futility Summit: Medicine, Law & Ethics

Hartford Hospital

October 21, 2010

October 21, 2010

Education & Resource Center (ERC)
Hartford Hospital - Heublein Hall

Summit Premise

Physicians are not morally obligated to provide medical interventions (e.g., life support systems like CPR or artificial ventilation) that they do not think are medically indicated, will offer no benefit or may cause harm - BUT are they legally obligated to provide them?

Who decides based on what criteria?

Summit Panelists

  • Barbara Bennett Jacobs, PhD, MPH, RN, CHPN
    Director Ethics Consultation Service Hartford Hospital; Adjunct Faculty University of Connecticut
  • Michael J. Drescher, MD
    Division of Emergency Medicine Hartford Hospital
  • Joan W. Feldman, JD
    Partner & Chair of Health Law Practice Group Shipman & Goodwin
  • Jonathan A. Harris, JD
    State Senator 5th District, Co-Chairman Public Health Committee
  • Harris Jacobs, MD
    Chairman Department of Pediatrics
    Bridgeport Hospital
  • Robert K. Killian, Jr., JD
    Judge, Court of Probate, District of Hartford
  • Zita Lazzarini, JD, MPH
    Division Director & Associate Professor
    University of CT Health Center
    Chairwoman Ethics Committee John Demsey Hospital
  • Carol L. Powers, JD
    Private Attorney
    Community Ethics Committee, Harvard Ethics Leadership Group
  • Harold (Hank) I. Schwartz, MD
    Psychiatrist-in-Chief & Vice President of Behavioral Health, Director Department of Psychiatry, The Institute of Living
  • Mark D. Siegel, MD
    Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.
Hartford Hospital is an approved provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the Connecticut Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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