Process Of Euthanasia

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As many people approach their life’s end, close friends and family members are often faced with many decisions and tasks that entails a wide range of choices from the very simple to the super complex. The decisions made may be psychological, practical, legal, existential, spiritual or medical. Some of difficult decision that the family members encounter may be choosing the right care giver help they want and whether to receive the proper care in a standard medical institution or just at home. The dying victim may be involved in the decision making where they must give their preferred degree of family participation, durable powers of their attorney as well as advanced directives (Singer, 1999).
Such a devastating situation may be experienced
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The process normally brings nurses, doctors, social workers, family members and other related professionals together as a standard care team. The main goal of the team is to make sure that the patient is comfortable during his or her last days. Hospice emphasize symptoms management, pain control, natural death and the required comfort of the patients’ body. The process respects the anatomy of the patient by encouraging the individual to take part and choose right decision on the available options at the end of his or her life. The main idea being to give the patient a “good death” (Singer, 1999).
The Patient
When a patient asks for help from a doctor, the first response should be neither ready compliance or moral disapproval, but rather a careful search for the sources of suffering which might be improved by other means short of death. However, the patient's right to freely voice their end-of-life treatment choice should be respected. The healthcare professional should respect the patient’s autonomy while considering its limitation and carry out their duties to help the patient without doing harm (Karnik, 2016).
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Despite palliative care’s ability to reduce terminal suffering, it may not always provide total relief from signs of sickness and physician-assisted death are more common with these patients (MacLeod, 2012).
However, the principles of medicine based on rules and beliefs of doing the right thing help to guide patient care and decision making during the dying process. The ideas of therapeutic supervision and voluntary consent of the patient are two of the most important things to think about that make physician-assisted suicide as ethical; leading to end of life decisions and care that begins with honest conversation concerning disease development and outlook. The Federal Patient Self-Determination Act helps communication between the healthcare providers and
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