Caring for Unconscious Patient: Ethical Perspective

Abdus Sattar *

Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM), Karachi, Pakistan.

Salma Rattani

Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM), Karachi, Pakistan.

Rozina Karmaliani

Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM), Karachi, Pakistan.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Unconscious patients are completely dependent on their care providers. Thus, they are considered vulnerable and prone to harm [1]. Care providers who are not skillful and knowledgeable will impact on patients’ quality of care and health outcomes [2]. Strong psycho-motor and intuitive skills are imperative to handle these patients as they cannot verbalize their needs. Healthcare providers must be mindful of these patients and protect them from harm, disgrace, abuse, or violence [3]. Not to harm an individual is non-maleficence a prima facie principle, while to benefit an individual or protect someone from harm is the principle of beneficence. The care providers should deal with the unconscious patient compassionately as they cannot verbalize their needs and feelings. Respecting these individuals and maintaining their dignity is the ethical and moral responsibility of the care providers. This paper presents a case scenario and its analysis through an ethical theory of deontology.

Keywords: Care of patients, healthcare providers, ethics of care, theory of deontology, non-maleficence / beneficence

How to Cite

Sattar, Abdus, Salma Rattani, and Rozina Karmaliani. 2024. “Caring for Unconscious Patient: Ethical Perspective”. Asian Journal of Research in Nursing and Health 7 (1):31-33.


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