What role does the RT have in withdrawing care from a patient? How would you approachwithdrawing care from a patient with a futile condition versus a patient who's wishes are tohave care withdrawn?The dying process is never easy, and health care professionals trained to do whatever it takes tokeep people alive often struggle with the concept. Respiratory therapists , with their laser-likefocus on the breath of life, understandably have a hard time letting that breath go. RespiratoryTherapist work hard to make family members as comfortable as possible too. A difficult ethicalconundrum in clinical medicine is determining when to withdraw or withhold treatments deemedmedically futile. Futility in medicine is an ancient concept. Hippocrates clearly stated thatphysicians should “refuse to treat those who are overmastered by their disease, realizing that insuch cases medicine is powerless.” Medical futility occurs when:There is a goal,
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Physician,University of Washington School of Medicine,Clarence H. Braddock III