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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Allowing the use of death-inducing drugs to ensure organ procurement within one hour of withdrawal of life support ultimately protects patient autonomy by allowing "Anne" type patients to accept a certain level of harm to guarantee that their organs will be donated.
Practices of anaesthesiologists with regard to withholding and withdrawal of life support from the critically ill in Turkey.
Refusal of heroic measures and requests for withdrawal of life support are being blatantly ignored, sometimes even in the face of living wills and the instructions of the patient's designated durable power of attorney for health care.
For example, VA would not comply with a state-authorized directive that required withdrawal of life support from a nonterminal patient.
The Court held that the withdrawal of life support involves "a series of acts that serve health-related purposes" and therefore requires consent the same as any other treatment and that this finding was supported by the express objectives of the HCCA.
Critical care nurses are directly involved in withdrawal of life support and are providers of end-of-life care in this environment (Badger, 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.
Key Words: withdrawal of life support, withholding of life support, end-of-life decision, intensive care unit, critical care
To encourage hospitals to notify OPOs of all imminent deaths, CMS is consideration alteration of this policy to reimburse hospitals for maintaining all potential donors prior to withdrawal of life support.
The University of Pittsburgh protocol allows critically ill patients or their surrogates to offer their organs for donation after withdrawal of life support, even though the patients never meet brain death criteria ("University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Policy and Procedure Manual: Management of terminally ill patients who may become organ donors after death--Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 3: 1993, A 1-A 15).