Clinical Ethics

Clinical Ethics Critical Care Ethics Liaison Services

The Department provides ethics liaison services to selected critical care units at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital.

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (G61)
Biweekly interdisciplinary team rounds are conducted to review ethical problems or issues arising in the care of patients.

Medical Intensive Care Unit (G62)
Patient care rounds are conducted with an interdisciplinary team led by a Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow twice a week to assist in the ethical management of patients with complex medical care needs and in communication with their families.

Neuro Intensive Care Unit (G60)
Patient care rounds are conducted with an interdisciplinary team led by a Neuro Intensivist once a week to assist in the ethical management of patients with complex medical care needs and in communication with their families.

Cardiac Care ICU (G20)
Weekly medical team rounds are conducted to review ethical problems or issues arising in the care of patients.

Ethics Consultation Service

The Ethics Consultation Service was reorganized in 1998 providing 24/7 on-call coverage for the Cleveland Clinic Hospital. With this reorganization, mechanisms for requesting ethics consultations were standardized across the hospital and a departmental call system was established.

The service provides more than 200 consultations per year in the Cleveland Clinic Hospital. All consultations are conducted by trained clinical bioethicists who provide a first-line response to requests for assistance in dealing with ethical problems or questions arising in the care of patients.

During regular working hours, the Ethics Consultation Service can be reached by telephoning the Department of Bioethics at 444-8720. During all other times, an ethics consultation may be requested by using Pager 22512.

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