Euthanasia - this ever-changing field (Pozgar, 2010)....

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When dealing with euthanasia or assisted suicide “the legal system must ensure that the constitutional rights of the patient are maintained, while protecting society’s interests in preserving life, preventing suicide, and maintaining the integrity of the medical profession” (Pozgar, 2010). For a long time, up until the 20 th century, suicide in some cultures was good and some cultures believed that is you chose to die from a disease rather than take your own life you would go to hell. Today there are many controversies surrounding euthanasia or assisted suicides that legislators and medical treatment facilities have had to deal with. As a result, the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, legislators, and judges are actively attempting to formulate and legislate clear guidelines in this sensitive, profound, and not yet fully understood area. To ensure compliance with the law, while serving the needs of their patients, it is incumbent on health care providers to keep themselves informed of the legislation enacted in
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Unformatted text preview: this ever-changing field (Pozgar, 2010). Patients and families have the right to sign a “Do Not Resuscitate” order. Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders are those given by a physician indicating that in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest “no” resuscitative measures should be used to revive the patient (Pozgar, 2010). Also a withdrawal of treatment can be done when death is imminent and can’t be prevented with the available treatment, is this morally permissible. Withdrawal of treatment should be considered when (1) the patient is in a terminal condition and there is a reasonable expectation of imminent death of the patient and (2) the patient is in a noncognitive state with no reason- able possibility of regaining cognitive function, and/or restoration of cardiac function will last for a brief period (Pozgar, 2010). (Pozgar, G, 2010. Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Care Professionals....
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