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Directions: The topic is Staffing Ratios. Answer the following questions using these resources or other resources.

1.What is the impact of Staffing Ratios on care delivery?

2.Identification of ways individuals, groups, and health care entities are affected

3.What data is available to evaluate the effectiveness of mandated ratios?

4. Present status of the issue?






responsible for his care must abide by the former’s wishes, regardless of the fact that such

refusal is unwise.

In the case of an insensate patient like Bland who lacked the capacity to validly consent

or refuse medical treatment, the lawfulness of such medical treatment depended upon

whether it was in the best interests of the patient (per Sir Thomas Bingham in Airedale

NHS Trust v Bland (‘‘Airedale NHS Trust v. Bland’’ 1993 at p. 843). The court further held

that doctors were not under an unqualified duty to prolong life at all costs; accordingly, the

duty to provide medical care ‘‘ceases when such treatment can serve no humane purpose’’

(per Lord Hoffman in Airedale NHS Trust v Bland (‘‘Airedale NHS Trust v. Bland’’ 1993

at p. 856). In Bland’s case, the futility of the treatment in providing him any quality of life

ethically justified its termination (per Lord Goff in Airedale NHS Trust v Bland (‘‘Airedale

NHS Trust v. Bland’’ 1993 at p. 870).

A patient’s right to autonomy was reiterated in Ms B v An NHS Hospital Trust (‘‘Ms B

v An NHS Hospital Trust’’ 2002). Here, the case inv

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