Continuous deep sedation until death: palliation or physician-assisted death?

  title={Continuous deep sedation until death: palliation or physician-assisted death?},
  author={Mohamed Y. Rady and Joseph L. Verheijde},
  journal={The American journal of hospice & palliative care},
  volume={27 3},
Published literature has not discerned end-of-life palliative versus life-shortening effects of pharmacologically maintaining continuous deep sedation until death (i.e., dying in deep sleep) compared with common sedation practices relieving distress in the final conscious phase of dying. Continuous deep sedation predictably suppresses brainstem vital centers and shortens life. Continuous deep sedation remains controversial as palliation for existential suffering and in elective death requests… CONTINUE READING
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