Conference on health-care
ethics Sept. 16-17
A U.Va. conference on "Ethics
in Healthcare Institutions: New Issues, Controversies and Practical
Considerations" will be held Sept. 16 and 17.
will discuss current trends and issues related to the ethical care
of patients, such as the implications of racial categories in health
care, human stem cell research and the highly publicized Hugh Finn
Finn case involved a legal battle in which Finn's wife petitioned
the court to have her husband's feeding tube removed after doctors
told her there would likely be no improvement in his condition,
the result of a 1995 car crash that left him in a persistent vegetative
state. Despite objections from Hugh Finn's parents, mother-in-law
and others, and an appeal by Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, the state
Supreme Court upheld an earlier judge's ruling. Finn's feeding tube
was removed Oct. 1, 1998, and he died Oct. 9.
conference is aimed at members of hospital and nursing home ethics
committees, health-care professionals and others interested in health-care
ethics. Registration is required for the conference, which is presented
by U.Va.'s Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Virginia Healthcare
Ethics Network and sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical
Education. The fee is $150 or $125. For details, call 924-5310.