Span acknowledges that VSED "causes death by dehydration, usually within seven to 14 days.
Thus, VSED death is no more "natural" than physician-assisted suicide by lethal overdose.
VSED AS A "REASONABLE" OPTION FOR "PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS ILLNESSES WHO WANT TO HASTEN THEIR DEATHS"
Quill claims that VSED is "generally quite comfortable at the beginning," he also states that "You want a medical partner to manage your symptoms," because "It's harder than you think.
A variant of VSED is a technique called terminal sedation.
228) As previously described, VSED coupled with rejection of ANH offers a competent, suffering patient a relatively placid way to die within ten to fourteen days.
235) Today, the availability of probably legal methods of hastening death such as VSED and terminal sedation potentially assures that a competent patient can escape suffering via sedation and limit the period of lingering on to approximately fourteen days.
Key differences between PAS and VSED are summarized in Table 1.
letting a person die by withholding/withdrawing interventions or VSED.
Food and water are required for life; deciding to forgo these basic elements for continued life support in VSED is done to hasten death.
VSED is only an option when the patient retains mental capacity.
In our two hospice programs in Rochester, New York, where VSED is permitted and supported as a last resort, it accounts for less than 1 percent of deaths.