The Case of Agent Consent :The Difficulty of Implementing Medical Autonomy in Substitute Medical-Decision-Making
The case in hand is about a conflict whether a patientgastrointestinal bleeding took anti-hypertensivesvoluntarily. Even though the condition getting worseand leading to death had no causality with taking antihypertensives.It could be problematic whether the familymembership as an agent could consent for the patient,since the will of the patient might not be accessible. Ifthe agential consent might infringe the best interest of thepatient, could the medical team make decision by itselfconcerning the best intertest of the patient? Does it infringethe autonomy of the patient? Whether the presumable aswell as the agential consent of the patient and the bestinterest of the patient are necessary for the guarantee ofthe autonomy of the patient, whether they would make apossible infringement and their hierarchy would be thetopics of comment and analysis in this essay.