Apply the “model for making moral decisions”

The patient was admitted 15 days ago, she is without insurance and has no proof of citizenship. The hospital business office wants to know if she can be discharged from AICU which costs the hospital $9,000 per day, or if the family will agree to disconnect the ventilator. The attending physician is new on the medical staff and is unsure of the patient’s prognosis.  The AICU is full so the discharge planner is under pressure from his supervisor to free up the bed, which is needed for other critical patients.
The patient’s family has been adamant that God will perform a miracle and the patient will walk out of the hospital. They are strongly against the withdrawal of any life support or of reducing any standard of care.  Patient’s children are all adults, natural-born citizens of the U.S. who own a successful well-known local business.
A local TV station has been ‘covering the story’ although they have not publicly disclosed the patient’s name.  The state Governor has come out publicly stating that illegal aliens are a drain on our state’s resources and should be sent back to their countries of origin. The governor’s challenger (whose daughter is a nursing student in AICU) says there is a moral duty to care for everyone.
You are scheduled to meet with the hospital ethics committee tomorrow. After the meeting, you the physician, and the AICU chaplain are to meet with the patient’s family regarding the patient’s course of care.
How will you prepare for the upcoming meeting with the hospital ethics committee? What issues do you expect will come up during that meeting? What will you say to the patient’s family?

 
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