Ethical Analysis of Withdrawal of Pacemaker or Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Support at the End of Life

Mueller, Paul S.; Hook, C. Christopher; Hayes, David L.
August 2003
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Aug2003, Vol. 78 Issue 8, p959
Academic Journal
Describes a series of terminally ill patients who requested or whose surrogates requested withdrawal of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator support and the ethical issues pertaining to such requests. Patients and methods; Mean age of the six patients; Conclusion that granting terminally ill patients' requests to withdraw unwanted medical support is legal and ethical.


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