Ira Byock (a palliative care doctor who speaks against legalizing physician-assisted suicide while also supporting VSED and terminal sedation
) wrote an article titled "Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation
and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids" [www.
This will depend upon the patient's needs, and the procedure can be performed from a slight sedation to a moderate-severe sedation, also known as deep terminal sedation
(a continued and sustained sedation until death), which is the most controversial procedure when trying to make it different from euthanasia (6,11).
2001) Terminal sedation
, self-starvation, and orchestrating end of life.
Now her sisters, university professors Jenny and Celia, have published research showing families of some severely brain-injured patients believe, once all other avenues are exhausted, giving relatives in a vegetative state terminal sedation
is a humane option.
Now her sisters, university professors Jenny and Celia, have published ground-breaking research showing families of some severely brain injured patients believe, once all other avenues are exhausted, terminal sedation
is a humane option.
Concerning terminal sedation
, the very name implies that it kills the patient, so how does the well-intentioned doctor avoid committing euthanasia?
in palliative medicine -- definition and review of the literature.
is not an automatic right, rather it is left to the discretion of medical staff and may well be administered at the request of family, with little or no input or consent from the patient.
Knowing why such discussions did not occur, especially in cases of palliative or terminal sedation
, would be an important first step towards facilitating and improving these important conversations.
Byock for the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel, "Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation
and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids," Annals of Internal Medicine 132 (2000): 408-414; L.
It opened the door for terminal sedation
as medically appropriate from a Catholic perspective.
Drug-induced terminal sedation
for symptom control.