Discontinuing life support in comatose patients: an example from Canadian case law
- WHY WITHDRAWING LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENT SHOULD NOT REQUIRE "RASOULI CONSENT". Young, Hilary // McGill Journal of Law & Health;2012, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p53
The article deals with issues of when medical treatment should stop and who have the right to make such a decision. It references the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Rasouli v Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre which held that physicians can only remove certain life-sustaining treatment...
- Italian Courts Rejects Feeding Tube Removal. Townsend, Liz // National Right to Life News;Oct2007, Vol. 34 Issue 10, p7
The article offers information on the decision of an Italian court against the request of the father of comatose patient Eluana Englaro to remove her feeding tube. The "New York Times" reports in 2007 that her father, Beppino Englaro, wishes to remove all support which feeds her nutrition,...
- Death with Dignity. Bednarz, Agata A. // Humanist;May/Jun2000, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p28
Presents the essay `Death With Dignity,' which deals with the impact of the withdrawal of life support or euthanasia.
- Ohio Woman Emerges from Coma. TOWNSEND, LIZ // National Right to Life News;Mar2009, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p6
The article reports on the emergence of Ohio woman Lori Smith from a coma shortly before she was scheduled to be removed from life support. Smith fell unconscious after delivering her fourth child on January 1, 2009 when she developed blood clots in her brain. Smith was able to respond to her...
- What would you do if it were your sister? Ronsman, Kaye // RN;Aug77, Vol. 40 Issue 8, p54
Presents an account of a nurse whose patients' life are sustained by life-prolonging intravenous devices. Details regarding how nurses should deal with the families of the patient; Views on life-prolonging devices; Effects of life-prolonging devices on patients.
- Shifting the burden of proof. Davis, Dena S. // Second Opinion;Jan93, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p30
Examines the legal standard favoring life support for patients in persistent vegetative states (PVS) by placing the burden of proof on those who would remove life supports. Presumptions or societal defaults; Issues on removal of nutrition and hydration from PVS patients; Public opinion...
- IS IT RIGHT? ...TO TURN OFF LIFE SUPPORT?... TO KEEP A BODY ALIVE FOR ITS ORGANS?... TO GIVE ILLEGAL NARCOTICS TO THE DYING? Sandroff, Ronni // RN;Dec80, Vol. 43 Issue 12, p24
Part II. Discusses the findings of a study on the views of nurses on withdrawal of artificial life support. Complications that may arise from such procedure; Difference in how nurses defined clinical death; Contributing factors to objection to using illegal drugs.
- Ethical debate. Street, K; Henderson,, J; Inwald, David; Vandyck, William; Greig-Midlane, Hazel; Edwards, Sarah J L // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);8/18/2001, Vol. 323 Issue 7309, p388
Presents several brief articles dealing with the ethics of using paralysing agents while withdrawing life support. Case study of a young girl in critical condition; Criticism that paralysing agents are unlawful when given primarily to hasten death; A parent's view of how a child's condition...
- The Road to Euthanasia. Carton, Robert W. // JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;4/25/90, Vol. 263 Issue 16, p2221
Discusses factors to be considered by doctors in euthanasia. Termination of life support; Definition of death; Physicians' attitudes toward the care of terminally ill patients; Society's perception of euthanasia; Standards of behavior; Medical ethics.