Hastings Center updates recommendations for end-of-life care

05/14/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

The Hastings Center updated its 1987 guidelines for the ethical care of terminally ill patients, adding decision-making for dying children, specific issues for patients with disabilities and the use of palliative sedation, among other changes. The guidelines say a physician's offer or a family's request to "do everything" to keep a patient alive may not respect patient rights or ensure good care.

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