Forgoing of treatment | definition of forgoing of treatment by Medical dictionary
forgoing of treatment
forgoing of treatment Medtalk Any nonintervention–eg, withholding and/or withdrawing one or more of the following: CPR, intubation, mechanical ventilation, vasopressors, supplemental O2, PEEP, blood transfusions, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures–eg, dialysis, and surgical intervention, antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, nutrition, fluids. See Advance directive, Against medical advice, Assisted suicide, DNR, Double effect, Slow code. Cf Watchful waiting.
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The strongest cases of this sort for trumping advance directives will be when both these conditions obtain, with directives requesting either the forgoing of treatment
or maximally aggressive treatment.
Medicine's ethical integrity is not necessarily guaranteed simply because a practitioner is willing to carry out the courts' directives regarding the forgoing of treatment
. Hitler's deathcamp doctors are, of course, the most obvious example.