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policy 0337 : Medically and Ethically Inappropriate Treatment is Not Required

Virginia law does not require physicians to provide treatment that is determined to be medically and ethically inappropriate. If, in the Team’s best medical judgement, the patient (surrogate) is requesting the continuation of treatment at the end of life that is medically and ethically inappropriate, the Team shall make a reasonable effort to resolve such disagreements and reach agreement on goals of care. If the disagreement is about the proposed withdrawal of ongoing life-sustaining treatment and has become intractable despite efforts to reach a resolution, the Medical Center is required to conduct a review of the Team’s determination that treatment at the end-of-life is medically and ethically inappropriate.This policy sets forth requirements for conducting such a review.

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  1. effective date:

    February 1, 2019
  2. signature(s):

    Scott A. Syverud, MD, President, Clinical Staff
    Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, CEO, UVA Medical Center