Euthanasi Death And Dying

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Death and dying is inevitable. At some point every living person, thing, or creature will meet the last day of life due to regular or unusual circumstances, but now ethically the topic of death has changed by the introduction of euthanasia. According to The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, euthanasia is the act of putting a person to death painlessly, or allowing a person to die by withholding medical treatment in cases of incurable and usually painful disease.1 Otherwise in a more basic terminology, euthanasia is loosely defined as the merciful killing of the hopelessly or terminally ill. There are many different ways for a patient to be euthanized and many different feelings towards the matter. As noted by Gale Encyclopedia of American Law there are four different types of euthanasia that include: passive euthanasia, active euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and involuntary euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is when life supporting agents are removed and death is allowed to happen naturally at its own course.2 A more relatable way to look at passive euthanasia is what would happen if a patient was in the care of hospice. Pain medications such as morphine are given to the patient to provide comfort in passing away, but all life sustaining measures are eliminated. All ventilators and feeding tubes would be removed, maintenance medications would be discontinued, food and water would even be stopped and a patient would not be resuscitated if passive euthanasia…

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