Saturday, 25 May 2013

Emedinews:Insights on Medicolegal Issues:Can medical interventions be stopped?

Every medical intervention, including artificial nutrition and hydration, may be terminated at the patient’s request. Specific legal cases have sanctioned the withholding or withdrawal of respirators, chemotherapy, blood transfusions, hemodialysis and major surgical operations. In Cruzan, the United States Supreme Court definitively stated that artificial nutrition and hydration are medical interventions that can be withheld or withdrawn under the guidelines that apply to other medical treatments (Cruzan v. Director of Missouri Department of Health, 110 S. Ct. 2841 [1990])

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