End of life in the ICU: laws, rules and practices: the situation in Italy

Zamperetti, Nereo; Proietti, Rodolfo
October 2006
Intensive Care Medicine;Oct2006, Vol. 32 Issue 10, p1620
Academic Journal
journal article
The article focuses on the legal context concerning end-of-life situations (EOL) at intensive care units in Italy. It has been said that decisions must be made on the basis of the Civil and Penal Codes of Law that date 60 years ago. And that deontological rules are present to regulate EOL care and can help clinicians. It was found out that the rate of administration of deliberately lethal doses of drugs during terminal weaning procedures is very low in the country compared to the rest of Europe.


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