Ethical crisis brewing in Canada’s healthcare system (Dr. Peter Dodek, St. Paul's Hospital)
Moral distress over life and death decisions in the ICU is taking a toll on doctors and nurses.
Local research suggests many critical care healthcare workers have considered quitting over the way dying patients are handled in our hospitals.
Dr. Peter Dodek at the University of British Columbia has studied the burden of moral distress on doctors and nurses, many who face decisions daily about how to care for critically ill patients, compelled to keep them alive even if all hope of recovery is gone and the treatments cause suffering for both the patient and their family.
Mike Lloyd reports