Clinical Ethics Committee and Services

Clinical ethics involves the identification, analysis, and resolution of ethical issues that arise in the care of individual patients. Loma Linda University Medical Center provides and supports several endeavors in clinical ethics under the supervision of the Vice President for Mission and Culture.

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is a multidisciplinary standing committee of the medical staff. Its members, appointed by the president of the medical staff, include physicians, nurses, ethicists, therapists, social workers, chaplains, administrators, and a community representative who is an attorney. The committee is chaired by a member of the Loma Linda University Medical Center active medical staff. The committee meets regularly to:

  • Review and initiate Medical Center policies that address ethical issues.
  • Review ethics consultations that have been provided by our Clinical Ethics Consultation Service.
  • Consider topics that deserve educational efforts in various venues.

Clinical Ethics Consultation Services

Loma Linda University Medial Center offers consultation to assist patients, families, and professionals on matters with ethical implications. Consultations are provided by trained and experienced clinical ethicists and may be requested by anyone involved in the care of a particular patient. Issues that often lead to ethics consultation include:

  • Decision-making for a patient without family. Decisions about limitation of treatments.
  • Interpretation of written advance directives (Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care, Living Wills).
  • Instances when it is not clear if the patient has capacity to make his or her own treatment decisions.
  • Management of infants born with life-threatening anomalies.
  • Resolution of conflict about treatment decisions.
  • And many other issues.

Access to clinical ethics consultation is through the Medical Center operator 909-558-4000 or by asking any member of the patient’s care-team (doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, or therapist) to request an ethics consultation.