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What role does the RT have in withdrawing care from a patient? How would you approach withdrawing care from a patient with a futile condition versus a patient who's wishes are to have care withdrawn? The dying process is never easy, and health care professionals trained to do whatever it takes to keep people alive often struggle with the concept. Respiratory therapists , with their laser-like focus on the breath of life, understandably have a hard time letting that breath go. Respiratory Therapist work hard to make family members as comfortable as possible too. A difficult ethical conundrum in clinical medicine is determining when to withdraw or withhold treatments deemed medically futile. Futility in medicine is an ancient concept. Hippocrates clearly stated that physicians should “refuse to treat those who are overmastered by their disease, realizing that in such cases medicine is powerless.” Medical futility occurs when: There is a goal,
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