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Session 2 - Ethical Principles

Initial Discussion Post

An older male adult in a long term care facility is confused and becoming increasingly agitated. His wife is visiting with him and is visibly worried about his behaviour. You and the other RPN on the shift consider whether you should use physical restraints on the patient.

Questions:

Using only utilitarianism, what choice would you make? Explain why.

Using only deontological theory, what choice would you make? Explain why.

Using only the "ethical principles," what choice would you make? Explain why. (Remember that you are to apply five ethical principles, balancing them against each other, and explain why each one applies or does not apply).

Are there differences in the outcomes in the application of the theories and principles above? Why do you suppose that is?

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