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Discontinuation of Life-Sustaining Therapies 

Discontinuation of Life-Sustaining Therapies
Discontinuation of Life-Sustaining Therapies

Kathy Plakovic

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date: 26 January 2022

Technological advances allow healthcare providers to delay the dying process for critically and terminally ill patients. For patients lingering between life and death, decisions frequently need to be made regarding withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatmentssuch as Withholding and withdrawing antibiotics, blood products, dialysis, and artificial nutrition . The ethical principle of autonomy gives patients or their healthcare power of attorney/surrogate decision-maker the right to accept or reject any treatment. This chapter reviews these treatments and the decision making process that must be part of any discussion to discontinue treatments.

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