Shela Akbar Ali Hirani, PhD Candidate, University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing, Office # 4-171
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA), Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, 11405 - 87 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Received: January 12, 2018; Published: January 24, 2018
Refusal to a medically justified treatment based on cultural beliefs is one of those challenging situations that raise several ethical,
moral and legal issues in the health care settings, especially in pediatric settings. This paper presents a case scenario involving a minor
who required a blood transfusion, however, the cultural beliefs of child’s surrogate decision makers were against the recommended
medical treatment. In view of the clinical scenario, this paper proposes positions that can be considered while encountering similar
scenario and shares recommendations to improve the handling of ethical dilemmas in clinical settings.