End of Life Medical Issues When Death is Approaching
PHI208: Ethics and Moral Reasoning
Instructor: April 25, 2014
Good end of life care helps patients with life limiting conditions to live as well as possible until they die, and to some they are allowed to die with dignity. Planning for the end of life can be difficult and we do not want to think about dying much less planning for the end of our life. Although many do not want to think about dying much less planning for, we must accept that is just part of life. It is important to know the opinions and beliefs of someone who is dying, and it is often impossible to know what they desire unless we discuss the issues ahead of time. There is a tradition in medicine that physicians do everything possible to keep a patient alive. There is no question that advances in medicine and medical technology have saved many lives and have healed people to be able to live longer healthy quality lives. We have technology such as ventilators, artificial hydration and nutrition’s techniques, and the question is have these developments been misused in situations where patients have no hope of recovering to their full capacity? For that reason, I feel it is important to discuss end of life options. When I speak of end of life options, I am speaking about passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia (Mosser, 2014) is withholding life-sustaining equipment such as respirators, procedures or treatments in case of illness or injury that will prolong death. With the advance medical equipment we have today, a person life can be prolong indefinitely. It is important to have a discussion with your physician on what ones beliefs. Evidently it will come to a terminally ill person losing all control over their body. When dying a slow death, there will come a point that one will not be able to communicate. As a family, the hardest decision one will ever need to make, is when is the right time to...
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