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However, the patient's absolute right to determine his or her course of treatment began to erode when, in 1995, a Massachusetts court found in favor of a physician's decision to withhold life-sustaining treatment. (9) Catherine Gilgunn was 71 years of age in 1989, when she suffered the hip injury that would ultimately lead to her death.
As discussed earlier, Wish 1 meets the requirements for a valid power of attorney for health care but, unlike the statutory short form, does not include a provision regarding life-sustaining treatment. These directions are contained in Wish 2, which thus far has only been examined as a living will.
(123) Sun's physicians explained to Sun's mother the appropriate surrogate decision-maker under Texas law that his condition was incompatible with life and that they recommended withdrawing ali life-sustaining treatment. (124) Ms.
Critically ill patients are often unable to make decisions about life-sustaining treatments and surrogate decision-makers are relied upon.
authorized to make whatever medical treatment decisions I could make if I were able," but can make decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment and tube feeding only as the person has indicated in the document.
He asked, "How can we accept the fact that excellent end-of-life care that involves the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment is most accurately defined as "justifiable killing" when this term ["killing"] has such negative moral connotations?" He goes on to say, "We simply have not yet invented a vocabulary to describe the nuances of what is involved in the delivery of excellent end-of-life care.
However, if life-sustaining treatment only lengthens a patient's life (with no expectation that the patient is likely to survive) and in addition causes suffering, healthcare professionals should consider discussing withdrawal of treatment with the family, in order to promote a peaceful death.
End-of-life issues--withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment for dying persons, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia--the central subjects of Dying Justice: A Case for Decriminalizing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada by Jocelyn Downie, Director of the Health Law Institute at Dalhousie University.
On the other hand, it can also be used to show your doctor that you DO want life-sustaining treatment, even if your chance of recovery is slim.
Bob Scheri, director of pastoral and spiritual care at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, will lead two workshops beginning Sunday on advance directives for health care and doctors' orders for life-sustaining treatment.
Nurses' and social workers' involvement in the LST decision-making process was assessed by two items asking how frequently participants ask patients and family members their wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment. Each item was rated on a five-point scale ranging from 1 = never to 5 = constantly.
The law emphasizes that it does not supersede a valid declaration governing the use of life-sustaining treatment. 2003 Ohio Legis.