forgoing of treatment

forgoing of treatment

Medtalk Any nonintervention–eg, withholding and/or withdrawing one or more of the following: CPR, intubation, mechanical ventilation, vasopressors, supplemental O2, PEEP, blood transfusions, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures–eg, dialysis, and surgical intervention, antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, nutrition, fluids. See Advance directive, Against medical advice, Assisted suicide, DNR, Double effect, Slow code. Cf Watchful waiting.
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The strongest cases of this sort for trumping advance directives will be when both these conditions obtain, with directives requesting either the forgoing of treatment or maximally aggressive treatment.