Bioethics in Congenital Heart Surgery

Constantine Mavroudis, Constantine D. Mavroudis, Thomas Cook, Catherine L. Mavroudis, Allison Siegel, Alex Golden

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Informed consent is a process by which physicians and patients participate in a dialogue to explain and comprehend the nature, alternatives, benefits, and risks of a procedure or course of therapy. The legal and moral tenets hold that the patient is responsible for his/her own autonomy and is free to “make medical decisions that reflect his or her beliefs and healthcare needs”. The informed consent process for congenital heart surgery may be enhanced by the availability of accurate contemporary data on the occurrence of complications associated with a given procedure. The surgeon was aware of the recommendation from the high-profile institution and offered to perform the operation with low risk of mortality based on his overall experience. The chapter presents some cases that provide excellent examples of numerous ethical principles and deserve attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Cardiac Surgery, Fifth Edition
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781119282327
ISBN (Print)9781119282310
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • congenital heart surgery
  • ethical principles
  • healthcare needs
  • informed consent
  • medical decisions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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