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Any adult who is competent can refuse ANY treatment regardless of the consequences, even death, and there is absolutely nothing any medical person can do about it. If they try they will be in front of the medical council and also in court for battery. It's about time medical "professionals" ralised they are not important and it is not about them. We pay their wages and we decide what happens to us, noone else....
I read and reread this article, and was both very fascinated and greatly disturbed by it. I wholeheartedly agree that nurses should make every attempt to persuade a patient who is refusing a procedure they know to be in the best interests of the patient. There are times when the procedure being refused is absolutely necessary and must be done. It is my belief that nurses need to attempt to discover "wh...