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The Ethics Center at Cincinnati Children’s helps families, healthcare professionals, researchers and administrators address the ethical issues that may arise during the treatment and care of our patients.
Led by center director Armand Antommaria, MD, PhD, we have three main areas of focus:
The Ethics Center achieves these goals through:
The Ethics Committee is a multidisciplinary group that develops and reviews policy, provides education and reviews clinical ethics consultations. Members include parents, nurses, physicians, psychologists, social workers, lawyers and ethicists. It focuses on policies with significant ethical components such as informed consent and advance directives. Its Education Subcommittee provides teaching on clinical ethics throughout Cincinnati Children’s.
The Ethics Consultation Subcommittee consults with patients, families and staff to help address ethical uncertainty or conflict. Sometimes the right thing to do is unclear and sometimes people disagree about what is the right thing to do. The consultants, who have specialized training and experience, help individuals and teams think through the ethical issues and develop a plan.
The Ethics Consultation Subcommittee can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To contact the consultant on call, call 513-636-4200 (local) or 1-800-344-2462 (toll free) and ask the operator to page Ethics Consultation. If you have not received a call back within 15 minutes, have us paged again.
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