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Terminalna sedacja - między opieką paliatywną a eutanazją
Terminal Sedation – Between Palliative Care and Medical Assisted Dying

Author(s): Bogna Wach
Subject(s): Social Philosophy, Gerontology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: terminal sedation; palliative care; end of life; end of suffering; medical assisted death; euthanasia

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is a presentation of the problem of terminal sedation asa special medical procedure, an alternative to euthanasia and physician assisteddeath. Terminal sedation is consist in narcotizing the patient in the last stage ofterminal disease, sometimes with discontinued nutrition and hydration until death.The goal of this procedure is to eliminate pain and suffering without causing deathof the patient. The opponents of this method claim that terminal sedation is a formof euthanasia. The supporters see the difference because the intention of physicianmust relieve unbearable suffering when the other procedures are useless. The terminalsedation has to be last resort in palliative care and the decision making process mustbe very careful. In case of applying this radical method the basis should be alwaysthe informed consent of the patient and the respect for the dying person.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 37
  • Page Range: 25-41
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish