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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Parental Decision Making:
Case 1 Discussion

Your first duty is to the health and welfare of the child. Having attempted unsuccessfully to reach her parents for consent, you should proceed with x-rays and treatment of her fractured forearm. Rapid treatment of the child's pain and fracture are clearly in her best interest. When optimal treatment requires immediate intervention, treatment should not be delayed even if consent has not been obtained.

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