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Palliative Sedation: A View through the Kaleidoscope 

Palliative Sedation: A View through the Kaleidoscope
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Palliative Sedation: A View through the Kaleidoscope
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Altilio Terry

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0072
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date: 20 September 2020

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

The decision to sedate an imminently dying patient requires a determination that consciousness must be sacrificed to achieve relief of intractable suffering.

Palliative sedation is not euthanasia nor is it physician-assisted death.

The intent in sedating a patient is to treat intractable symptoms, understanding that this medical intervention will influence the quality of interaction and communication at a time when each moment of life may be treasured by patients and their families.

The process related to decision making requires weighing of medical information; psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural factors; and ethical principles in a clear and transparent process.

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