An NHS investigation has been launched following 400 accidentally switch off oxygen with patients serious damages including several deaths

A safety alert has been issued after watchdogs uncovered more than 400 incidents in which cylinder controls were wrongly operated – including 24 cases where patients came to “moderate or severe harm”. The blunders saw six patients die, while five suffered cardiac arrest or...

Ethical debate. “Right to try laws” allow terminally ill patients access experimental treatments

The U.S Senate on easily passed legislation that aims to help terminally ill patients access experimental treatments (for example, stem cells therapies) under so-called “right to try” laws.  Now the full House will vote on it (STATS, January 8, 2017). The bill would establish...

Video. Julian Savulescu argues in favour of an experimental treatment for Charlie Gard

We present these videos and selected ideas, wich give a short clear bioethics review of Charlie Gards’s case. Our Observatory fully agrees with his conclusions.  Julian Savulescu (Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Oxford), argues that Charlie Gard, who suffers from an...

United States healthcare providers refuse to participate in executions

Capital punishment in the United States is socially highly controversial, especially in two areas: participation of healthcare providers in the execution, and obtaining the drugs used in it. Between 1976 — when the death penalty was reinstated — and 2015, 1,418 people were...

Prohibition of experimentation with human embryos ratified by the Italian Constitutional Court

“Banning of all clinical and experimental human embryos experimentation that is not to its benefit” The ban on experimenting on human embryos remains in force in Italy. This was established in the Constitutional Court with a ruling in which the Court rejected the...

Proposition for the legalisation of altruistic surrogacy has been rejected by the European council

Proposition for the legalisation of altruistic surrogacy has been rejected by the European council On 10th March, the non-governmental association “No Maternity Traffic” presented an official petition, signed by 107,957 European citizens, to the President of the...

Concerning infant circumcision. A medical and ethical approach

It does not seem ethically correct to subject boys to circuncision surgical procedure A hotly-debated issue is that concerning the ethics of circumcision of boys when they are unable to give their informed consent for the procedure.  The controversy stems from the hypothetical...
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