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Disability Rights California Report Finds Dominican Hospital Ethics Committee and Physicians Violated Patient’s Right to Make End-of-Life Decisions Before Terminating His Life-Sustaining Dialysis Treatments

After what appears to be a very exhaustive investigation, Disability Rights California found numerous problems surrounding the death of a patient of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Most notably, the hospital’s bioethics committee decided to discontinue its patient’s dialysis treatment despite having no legal authority to do so and despite a Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form in which the patient directed full treatment of his conditions. The patient died following the termination of his dialysis. Read more…