Ethical issues in care of the dying
This chapter discusses the different ethical issues that can be encountered when caring for the dying. It begins with the influence of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) in ethical decision making, before examining an ethical framework and the best approach to ethical decision making. Issues with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hydration, and euthanasia are also discussed. The chapter ends with a discussion on advanced directives, which should be recognized as a valid means by which patients can influence the treatments they receive when they are no longer competent to make decisions.
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