death with dignity


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death with dig·ni·ty

(deth dig'ni-tē)
An option chosen by a competent individual, or one having power of attorney when he/she is incompetent to make an informed choice, about actions to be taken when that individual is dying. Death with dignity often includes the implementation or withholding of various treatments as defined by the competent person and/or person with power of attorney. These treatments may range from the implementation of comfort measures, including pain control, antibiotic therapy, blood administration, cardiovascular medications, and palliative measures to life-sustaining devices. Other treatments may include the withdrawal of life-sustaining measures such as enteral feedings and resuscitative interventions, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and medications.

death with dignity

Death that is allowed to occur in accordance with the wishes of a patient. An individual may choose to withdraw from chronic medical therapies, as when there is little expectation of cure. Patients who choose death rather than active treatment often have advanced malignancies, poor performance status, major depression, poor social support, or a desire for a palliative approach to end-of-life care.
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And I wouldn't deny that right to others." Interestingly, the California Medical Association which had historically opposed physician aid in dying had officially withdrawn that opposition earlier this year and is now "neutral" on Death with Dignity.
For more information, contact Death with Dignity (deathwithdignity.org).
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Robb [Miller, the Executive Director at Compassion & Choices of Washington] asserts that medical providers, even those opposed to the option of Death with Dignity, have a professional, ethical duty to provide either basic information about Death with Dignity to their terminal patients who make inquiries about the option or refer them to someone who will."
The draft, obtained Tuesday by Kyodo News, also proposes reforming Japan's education system by allowing grade-skipping, and creating a system that facilitates death with dignity in keeping with one's wishes in a living will.
Currently the only two states with Death with Dignity laws are Oregon and Washington.
Marcelo Fuentes--a sponsor of both measures--said, "What's happening is that the Conferencia Episcopal is preparing to wage a single battle when it objects, as it has already announced, to all the modifications that will be made to the Codigo Civil, and at that point it will be able to challenge not only the concepts of death with dignity and gender identity but also the laws regarding legalized abortion and marriage equality."
This is due, in part, to misinformation promoted by a well-organized opposition, as evident in the recent consideration of Hawaii Senate Bill 803: Death with Dignity. (8) Opponents misleadingly referred to the bill as "Doctor Prescribed Death." (9) It was evident from Hawaii's Senate Health Committee hearing that such tactics are effective.
A big dog with a big heart that loved life and embraced death with dignity at the grand old age of 11.
Nov 2008 -- Physician aid- indying ( PAD) was legalised in Washington by the death with dignity Act.