Patient Autonomy Legal and Ethical Issues in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit

  title={Patient Autonomy Legal and Ethical Issues in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit},
  author={S. Humphreys},
  journal={Journal of Perioperative Practice},
  pages={35 - 43}
  • S. Humphreys
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Perioperative Practice
The need for patient autonomy, empowerment and choice has become central to health reforms. Confronted with the prospects of such perpetual changes, respect for patient autonomy has to be tempered with paternalistic beneficence. This article discusses the difficulties encountered when applying patient autonomy within the post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU), evaluating ethical, legal and professional issues. 

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