Rethinking Guidelines for the Use of Palliative Sedation
Berger, Jeffrey T
The Hastings Center report 2010 May-Jun; 40(3): 32-8
Current guidelines treat palliative sedation to unconsciousness as an effective medical treatment for terminally ill patients who need relief from severe symptoms, yet also restrict its use in ways that are extraordinary for medical treatments. A closer look at the kinds of cases in which palliative sedation is used suggests a way of adjusting the guidelines to resolve this seeming contradiction.
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