Unwanted Life-Sustaining Treatment
Lancet. 1990 May 19; 335(8699): 1209-1210.
Brahams reviews two legal actions that may have ramifications for physicians and hospitals administering life prolonging treatment to patients after specific instructions to the contrary. In an action pending in the United States, an elderly patient claims wrongful life and negligence against a hospital whose personnel revived him although his refusal of resuscitation had been recorded on his medical chart. Subsequent treatment exhausted his financial resources, and the hospital could be ordered to reimburse his estate for the cost of post-resuscitation care. In
Advance Directives; Aged; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Blood; Critically Ill; Decision Making; Hospitals; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Legal Rights; Life; Liability; Negligence; Patients; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Religion; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Right to Die; Rights; Terminally Ill; Treatment Refusal; Wrongful Life;