Should possible cosmetic outcomes influence treatment strategies in burn treatments?
When treating patients with burns, ethical considerations for patient autonomy should be considered and honored surrounding the cosmetic outcome of treatments. In a case study published in the AMA Journal of Ethics, Yuk Ming Liu, MD, clinical assistant professor at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, and Kathleen Skipton Romanowski, MD, assistant professor at the University of California Davis, examine the ethical issues surrounding the care of a burn patient who is unable to indicate her wishes.
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