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Online ISSN 1827-1596
POINT OF VIEW
Suter P. M.
Centre Médical Universitaire, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
ICU teams have the difficult emotional burden of continuing complex life-sustaining therapy beyond the limits of what is felt to be reasonable. Among the reasons leading to a delay in the withdrawal of intensive therapy is the unwillingness or unpreparedness of the team or family members, or inadequate laws. We all have the responsibility to promote a legal framework allowing end-of-life decisions that ensure the autonomy, dignity and integrity of all citizens, in addition to the humane practice of medicine.