Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ethics of Deactivating Implantable Devices

Turning off heart devices near life's end stirs ethical, legal debates

Kevin B. O'Reilly
American Medical News
November 24, 2010

Only 12% of lawyers thought turning off a pacemaker amounted to physician-assisted suicide, compared with 24% of patients. One in 10 doctors thought deactivating a defibrillator was akin to assisted suicide, said the study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Link: Ethics of Deactivating Implantable Devices, Glenn McGee, PhD, John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, The Bioethics Channel, 17 minutes 56 seconds



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