involves medicating the patient into a coma and withholding nutrition and fluids until the patient dies.
The law allows people in this situation to request palliative sedation
, refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, or request the removal of life-sustaining medical equipment, but denies the right to request a physician's assistance in dying,'' the ruling noted.
1) The College asked legislators to clarify issues associated with palliative sedation
, living wills and a new concept known as "medically assisted dying.
There may indeed be rare times in which a child's suffering can only be alleviated by palliative sedation
The act obliges establishments that provide palliative care to make terminal palliative sedation
available as an option for patients who meet the eligibility criteria.
The line between euthanasia and the less controversial, but far more common, practice of palliative sedation
is often blurred in clinical practice, particularly where euthanasia is illegal.
Jensen illuminates this point by comparison to other classically difficult problems: palliative sedation
, ectopic pregnancy, and blocking a projectile at the cost of one's life.
Some guidelines prohibit the use of palliative sedation
for more than a few days because dehydration could shorten the patient's survival (Berger, 2010).
To the Editor: It was with great interest that our Canadian Palliative Sedation
Therapy Guideline working group read Jeffrey Berger's recent article ("Rethinking Guidelines for the Use of Palliative Sedation
," May-June 2010).
In examining such critical issues as the roles of institutional ethics committees, informed consent in research studies, palliative sedation
, vegetative and minimally conscious states, harvesting organs for transplantation from brain dead patients, physician-assisted suicide, and genetic testing for such still-incurable neurodegenerative conditions as Huntington's disease, Bernat (neurology, Dartmouth Medical School; American Academy of Neurology's Committee on Ethics, Law, and Humanities) provides a concise summary of relevant U.
Byock tells his patients that there always is the option of palliative sedation
if no other options are working and pain is unbearable.
The option of palliative sedation
is one way to head off euthanasia, since it ensures that pain and related suffering can be avoided without causing death.