Radio: decision-making for an unconscious pregnant woman

BBC Radio 4, Inside the Ethics Committee, Thursday 14 July 21.00-21.45, available indefinitely on the iPlayer

From the programme’s page:

Anne is brought into Accident and Emergency unconscious, having suffered a cardiac arrest. She is thirty five years old and pregnant.

Within hours of Anne’s admission to intensive care, she has another cardiac arrest and starts to have seizures. On several occasions over the next few days, the medical team think they might lose her. But each time she survives.

As Anne’s life hangs in the balance, how much should her pregnancy influence the decisions the medical team need to make about Anne?


Dr Andrew Hartle, Consultant Anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a member of its Clinical Ethics Committee

Rosamund Scott, Professor of Medical Law and Ethics at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College London

Deborah Bowman, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Law at St George’s University in London


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