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Council on Health Care Ethics to discuss palliative care, blood donation rules

The Council on Health Care Ethics will discuss palliative care and the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men at its Sept. 19 meeting.

Palliative medicine is a rapidly growing field in Wisconsin and nationally, yet it struggles with recognition and misunderstanding among the public and inside the health care system. James Deming, MD, of Mayo Clinic-Northwest Wisconsin will discuss these issues and more at the meeting, with hopes of building support and understanding of palliative medicine among physicians.

In addition, the Council will discuss the current FDA ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. The ban has been in place since 1977, and there is growing ethical and scientific debate around its continued necessity. Steve Starkey, executive director of OutReach LGBT Community Center, will speak about the community impact and ethical concerns of the ban.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Society’s headquarters in Madison. All Society members are welcome to attend. An agenda and meeting materials are available in the members-only section of the Society website*. E-mail Julie Wills or call her at 608.442.3843 for more information.

*(Member log-in is required to access council materials. Click here to access the log-in page. Additional member log-in information is here.)

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