Declaration of Venice

A statement by the World Medical Association in 1983 on terminal illness, which permits the maintenance of a cadaver by artificial means to optimise organs for transplantation
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When a patient becomes mentally incompetent, and an advance directive is available, healthcare practitioners providing palliative care should, in accordance with the WMA's Declaration of Venice, [16] give effect to the patient's wishes - provided that the directive is applicable to the present circumstances, and represents the patient's current wishes (paragraph 7.3.9).
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