Life Prolonging Procedure

Any medical procedure, treatment, or intervention which
(1) Uses mechanical or other artificial means to sustain, restore, or supplant a spontaneous vital function, or which affords no reasonable expectation of recovery from a terminal condition and
(2) When applied to a patient with a terminal condition, prolongs the dying process
Examples Artificial hydration, nutrition, CPR
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