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Minerva Anestesiologica 2010 July;76(7):548-9

language: English

Laws can be unethical

Suter P. M.

Centre Médical Universitaire, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland


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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.

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