Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

The Philadelphia Story

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

The Philadelphia Story

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The Policies and Research Subcommittee of the Delaware Valley Ethics Committee Network (DVECN) has completed its first major project, the development of Sample Policy Packets. These are designed to provide an educational resource for our members who are just beginning to write policies on specific topics or are revising previously adopted policies.

We now have four Sample Policy Packets, on withholding/ withdrawing life-sustaining treatment "Do Not Resuscitate" orders, organ donation, and HIV infection. Each packet contains several sample policies on the topic, a cover sheet that highlights important issues, and a list of references on the particular topic.

These packets were developed in response to a survey of sixty-five hospitals that participate in die DVECN conducted by our Subcommittee on Education. The instrument suggested that member committees found it especially difficult to write effective and ethically sound institutional policies. Moreover, many committees at different health care facilities indicated that they were working on the same issues, yet each was attempting to write its policy "from scratch" in isolation from the others. It seemed that they could benefit by having some idea of what a policy looked like, what factors other committees deemed important, and how specific or general to make their policies to ensure they would be effective.

The subcommittee addressed this perceived need by soliciting policies from local health care institutions. …

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