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dc.contributor.authorCrawford, Doreen
dc.contributor.authorWay, C
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-07T11:08:21Z
dc.date.available2011-11-07T11:08:21Z
dc.date.issued2009-02
dc.identifier.citationCrawford, D. and Way, C. (2009) Just because we can, should we? A discussion of treatment withdrawal. Paediatric Nursing 21 (1) p. 22-25en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/5353
dc.description.abstractChildren's nurses are vocationally committed to promoting the health of children, relieving their suffering, enhancing their development, helping them to achieve a sense of worth and a confidence in their future. Supporting parents and medical colleagues while the decision is made to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment is one of the most difficult aspects of children's nursing practice. Current guidelines support the withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment from children in brain death, permanent vegetative state, and no chance, no purpose or unbearable situations. Societal and professional attitudes to euthanasia and assisted suicide may be changing and this could lead to changes in legislation and guidelines. However, nurses must be clear about the differences: currently any measure, practice or treatment administered with the primary intention to cause death is not allowed. This is not the same as any measure, practice or treatment administered with the intent to relieve suffering and promote comfort, that can cause or hasten death.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectlife-sustaining treatmenten
dc.subjectwithdrawal of life-sustaining treatmenten
dc.subjectchildrenen
dc.subjectrelief of sufferingen
dc.titleJust because we can, should we? A discussion of treatment withdrawal.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.7748/paed.21.1.22.s22
dc.researchgroupHealth Policy
dc.researchgroupReproduction Research Group


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