Palliative Care : The Standard Option Care For The Terminally Ill

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Palliative care is the standard option to care for the terminally ill. Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. 4 However, for some patients palliative care isn’t enough to alleviate the excruciating pain and suffering. When palliative care is deemed ineffective, what other options does a patient have during his or her last minutes of life? A physician’s goal is to care for their patient but how is prolonging pain and suffering considered as care? Physician-assisted suicide, PAS, has been a continuing controversial debate. These arguments are not new and recent polls indicate more acceptances with the procedure. Since 1970s, survey shows that 7 out of 10 Americans…show more content…
1 With physician-assisted suicide, the physician provides the necessary means or information and does not have an active role.

End of Life Care
Everyone individual has the right to receive good palliative care as they approach end of life. These individuals are entitled to have a say in the treatments they receive at any stage of their lives. Patients are given amble treatment options such as electing to arrange legally binding advance decisions, electing do no attempt CPR or do not resuscitate, electing palliative sedation, or electing withdrawing life-sustaining treatments. By law, all adults have the right to refuse treatment as long as they have the ability to use and understand information to make a decision. 7 When patients refuse treatments physicians are required to not perform certain procedures or treatments against their wishes. Many have argued that these end-of-life care are no better than physician-assisted suicide. For instance, do not attempt CPR is essentially a form of passive euthanasia where the person is denied treatment that could save his or her life. Palliative sedation, where medication is used to make patients unconscious and unaware of pain bares the risk of shortening patients’ lifespan and can be considered a form of euthanasia.

PAS, Not an Uncommon Law
In the United States, there are 39 states that strictly prohibit physician-assisted suicide. Three
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