Doubts emerge about Dutch guidelines for terminal sedation
Should deep, continuous sedation at the end of life really be treated as normal medical practice in the Netherlands, ask three Dutch authors in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Although they do not appear to oppose euthanasia, they argue that “morally problematic aspects inherent to palliative sedation do not get the attention they deserve” under current guidelines. Since palliative sedation accounted for more than 12% of deaths in the Netherlands in 2010, this is an important issue.
Muddled picture of Dutch euthanasia
Euthanasia in the Netherlands is nothing much to worry about, according to The Lancet. The latest survey shows that the overall levels of euthanasia and assisted suicide are about the same now as they were in 2002, when euthanasia was legalised. A small increase since 2005 is just due to the fact that more people are requesting euthanasia. At least that was the spin in The Lancet’s press release.
Is terminal sedation slow euthanasia?
The usual technique of euthanasia is when a doctor administers a lethal injection to a patient. However, when a doctor withdraws life-sustaining nutrition and fluid from a comatose or sedated patient, is this not a form of slow euthanasia?
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Australian Nursing Federation,
Commission on Assisted Dying,
death with dignity,
Dignity in Dying,
do not resuscitate,
Dying in Dignity,
Nazi euthanasia programme,
Philip Nitschke. legislation,
physician assisted suicide,
standards of care,
withdrawal of treatment,