Case Failing to Disclose the Aggressive Treatment: The Limit of Autonomy
The impending shock patient was a victim of severe upper GI bleeding, and also suffered from myocardial infarction. The treating priority was decided to stop upper GI bleeding, and the cardiac catheter stenting was contraindicated then because the use of anticoagulants will deteriorate the condition of upper GI bleeding. The plaintiff claimed for damages that the physicians breached the duty of informing the patient about the aggressive treatment option of cardiac catheter stenting. The courts found for the defendant, and their opinions regarding the burden of proof and the limit of patient autonomy were discussed in details in this article.