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Lawful withdrawal : withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining care

Willmott, Lindy & White, Benjamin P. (2004) Lawful withdrawal : withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining care. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This public lecture is designed to inform members of the public, health professionals and lawyers about decisions to withdraw or withhold treatment needed to keep an adult alive when that person can no longer make this decision for themselves. When should a person who has a heart attack not be resuscitated? When should a patient no longer be kept alive on a ventilator, or be provided with food and water by a tube? When should a person not be given a blood transfusion they need to stay alive? The answers to these questions depend on a number of factors including the mental or physical condition of the patient and any wishes they have expressed prior to losing the ability to make this decision, as well as the requirements of good medical practice. This public lecture will address who is entitled to make these decisions, when they are made and how they are made. It includes perspectives from the fields of law, medicine and nursing as well as the views of the community.

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ID Code: 17004
Item Type: Other
Keywords: Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment, End of life decision-making, Advance directives, Adult guardianship law
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 18 Dec 2008 08:32
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:15

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