Withdrawal of Life Support


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The discontinuation of aggressive life support measures and/or withdrawal of feeding and ventilation
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From a utilitarian and patient autonomy perspective there may be a number of compelling and persuasive reasons for changing DCD policies in an "Anne" situation--where there is (1) a futile medical condition; (2) withdrawal of life support; (3) a DNR in place; and (4) prior consent to organ donation.
Practices of anaesthesiologists with regard to withholding and withdrawal of life support from the critically ill in Turkey.
One group of actions taken to bring about the death of a dying patient (withdrawal of life support, referred to by some as passive euthanasia) has been specifically upheld by the courts as a legal right of a patient to request and a legal act for a doctor to perform.
My rationale, however, is not that these patients are nonpersons, but that withdrawal of life support in this circumstance very probably accomplishes the result that the patients would want.
Even in the delicate context of withdrawal of life support from incompetent patients, exploitation does not appear to have materialized.
The court's verdict came on a plea filed in 2005 by Common Cause, an NGO seeking the right to make a living will authorising the withdrawal of life support system in the event of the will-makers reaching an irreversible vegetative state.
The judge also said he rarely encountered cases where every nurse backed the withdrawal of life support, after Mr Evans asked the doctor about nurses' views.
As has been said in the UK: 'When, however, a treatment is discontinued solely by reason of its futility, there is nothing to be lost--and much to be gained by intellectual honesty--in attributing death, correctly, to "Lawful withdrawal of life support systems which were necessitated by [the disease]"'.
Rasouli, (1) the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the state of the law in Ontario, holding that pursuant to the Ontario Health Care Consent Act, 1996 (2) ("HCCA"), patient consent is required for the withdrawal of life support regardless of whether the physician providing such treatment believes it is inappropriate or futile.
Death, as a result of withdrawal of life support is common (Kjerulf, Regehr, Popova, & Baker, 2005; Van Rooyen, Elfick, & Strumpher, 2005).
The judges ruled that the withdrawal of life support and the introduction of palliative care is a treatment package that requires the decision-maker's consent.
Navarro's mother had authorized the harvesting of her son's organs, but because he was not brain dead, it was determined that the transplant procedure to be used would be "Donation after Cardiac Death," which requires withdrawal of life support leading to death prior to recovery of organs.