A Black Robe and Healing Words: Constants in a Changing World

Judges Journal, p. 33, Winter 2009

3 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2011

See all articles by Sallie Thieme Sanford

Sallie Thieme Sanford

University of Washington - School of Law; University of Washington - School of Public Health

Date Written: Winter 2009

Abstract

This narrative article describes a bedside hospital hearing to compel surgery, notes the applicable legal standards, and considers the potential impact of the judge in this type of proceeding. The patient, whose back was badly burned, adamantly and vocally refused skin graft surgery. Her physicians believed she lacked decisional capacity; that belief was borne out during the hearing at which the judge did enter an order for surgery. The judge’s handling of the hearing was central to the patient’s expressed agreement with the decision and subsequent successful treatment.

Keywords: Court-Ordered Treatment, Informed Consent, Decisional Capacity, Judge, Ethics, Health Care Decision-making

Suggested Citation

Sanford, Sallie Thieme, A Black Robe and Healing Words: Constants in a Changing World (Winter 2009). Judges Journal, p. 33, Winter 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1775077

Sallie Thieme Sanford (Contact Author)

University of Washington - School of Law ( email )

William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.washington.edu/directory/profile.aspx?ID=261

University of Washington - School of Public Health

Seattle, WA
United States

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