2023-2024 / TECH0756-1

Deontological problems and ethics relating to critically-ill patients


10h Th

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)2 crédits 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (new programme)1 crédit 
 University certificate in perfusion and applied techniques1 crédit 


Alexandre Ghuysen



Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Partim I:
The principles of medical ethics are pointed out and commented. The situations considered are as follows:
-limitation of care in intensive medicine (classes A, B, C, D), end of life, euthanasia and legislation (patients rights, euthanasia)
- long term alterations of the state of consciousness such as comas of various origins and vegetative states
- brain death, the donation of organs, the coverage of donors and receivers, non heart beating donor

Partim II:
The course contains two parts:
one concerns the rules of medical deontology, and the other relates to the principles regulating the relations between the medical team and the media. The first part contains the description, based on specific examples, of rules resulting from the medical code of ethics and fixing the patient's rights and the duties of the care team, as regards emergency situations.
The course also fixes the rules of operation and communication between different care teams and institutions.
The second part defines within the framework of individual and collective emergencies, the fundamental rules which prevail in the establishment of the relations between a health care institution and the media.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To help the student to discover bioethics as it relates to patients whose clinical state is critical, to think of the decision-making processes concerning the medical and paramedical coverage of these patients, to apply the principles of ethics and Belgian law to this matter.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Partim I:
Communication with illustrations, questions and answers, clinical discussions of case

Partim II:
Oral presentation and study by problems.

Recommended or required readings

Partim I:
Distributed to the students at the end of the course.

Partim II:
Distribution of the slides at the beginning of the courses.

Partim I:
Oral examination

Partim II:
Written and/or oral examination

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Partim I:
M. LAMY, Professor, Department of Anaesthesia-Reanimation, CHU Liege, tower 2, 1st level, room 52 Tel: 04/366.71.80 Fax: 04/366.76.36
Secretariat: Miss Christine BETTONVILLE Tel:04/366.71.80
Email: mlamy@chu.ulg.ac.be

Partim II:
V D'ORIO, lecturer, Department of Emergency Medicine, CHU Liege 4000 Liege 1 Tel.: 04/366.77.22 Fax: 04/366.77.23
Secretariat: Mrs. GALLOSI (04/366.77.22)
Email: V.Dorio@ulg.ac.be

Association of one or more MOOCs