Life-support guidelines

March 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/11/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 6, p674
Academic Journal
The article discusses the regulatory guidelines issued by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba governing when and how doctors should decide to declare it clinically appropriate to discontinue their efforts. Released on January 30, 2008, the comprehensive guidelines say it is acceptable to stop the treatment when patients cannot recover to a level of cerebral function that enables them to achieve self-awareness, awareness of environment and existence. Also included in the guideline is the importance of the physician's exploration of the patient's values, needs, goals and expectations.


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