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Would you dare to refuse to have the batteries replaced?
Here is a question that I posed on Medpedia
, medical information and discussion site. I thought I would also challenge the visitors here. ..Maurice.
You are the son or daughter and legal surrogate of a very elderly mother, care for her at home, who has
severe Alzheimer's Disease and has a cardiac pacemaker whose batteries are now failing. Would you
dare to refuse to have the batteries replaced?
Would your decision be any different if she was being cared for in a nursing home institution? Would refusal to replace failing batteries be any different than making a request to the patient's doctor to have the pacemaker with functioning batteries to be turned off? In answering these questions let's assume your mother never had anticipated having the need for a cardiac pacemaker so had never discussed with you about replacing batteries or for what reasons to request that it be turned off.