Apply the first three steps of the MORAL model after reading the article citing from the literature where appropriate
Dunlop, J. D. (2006, January 27). The feeding tube dilemma: Key questions. Retrieved from the Center for Bioethics and Human https://cbhd.org/content/feeding-tube-dilemma-key-questions
Legal and Ethical Issues
Before the application of any model, the stakeholders are required to work through some steps which have been set to be following so that one can be sure that the decision, they are about to make will bring the best solution to the issue or the ethical dispute. The first three steps of moral model are; the first one is the people involved should gather enough facts about the moral issue, the second step is to define the ethical issue in that dilemma, and the third step is to identity the parties who will be affected by the decisions or are facing the problem.
From the article, the clinicians are required to collect enough information about the benefits and burdens of inserting a feeding tube into a patient. The situation should be analyzed carefully to establish whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages before proceeding to the next step of identifying the ethical issue in that dilemma (Dunlop, 2006). Someone should ask some serious questions like; how will this decision affect the life of the patient? Is there another better way of handling this issue? Is this the best standard care? From the article, the clinicians should analyze in depth the intentions of inserting the feeding tube to a patient. In most cases, majority of the clinicians will decide to insert a feeding tube in situation where a reversible process is applicable (Dunlop, 2006).). In the same way, very few medical professionals will recommend the use of feeding tubes in cases whereby the situation cannot be reversed, for example, esophageal blockage due to untreatable cancer.
The third step to be followed is to identity the parties involved in the dilemma and who will be affected in one way or another by the decisions made. Think about the primary and secondary stakeholders in the dilemma. Questions like the impact of the feeding tube on the life of a patient must be addressed in this step (Dunlop, 2006). Another issue to be addressed in the third step is how the feeding tube will affect those around the patient and the caregivers.
- Dunlop, J. D. (2006, January 27). The feeding tube dilemma: Key questions. Center for Bioethics and Human. Retrieved from the https://cbhd.org/content/feeding-tube-dilemma-key-questions