Patients and their families, as well as hospital staff, can be faced with serious questions in day-to-day work at hospital: How long should a coma patient be artificially kept alive without hope of recovery? Should one consent to treatments for elderly dementia patients that prolong life, but also prolong suffering? Should one undergo cancer treatment therapy with numerous side effects, even if they can conceivably only prolong life for a short time?
In such or similar conflict situations, the Ethics Committee offers assistance and support in decision-making.
The Committee is an independent advisory body composed of representatives of the medical profession, nursing, pastoral care and the Order. Its members are bound only by their conscience and are specifically trained for their task.
Each patient or hospital employee may go directly to a member of the committee at any time. The request will be forwarded to everyone for deliberation. The committee meets regularly, but can convene at short notice if necessary. The individual case is discussed with all participants to ensure that all the aspects and perspectives are considered before a recommendation or decision is made. All enquiries are, of course, treated confidentially.