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passive euthanasia
Question from Sb on 2/9/2014:

Would putting in an order for no IV be considered passive euthanasia in an end stage Alzheimer's patient?

Answer by Judie Brown on 2/9/2014:

Dear SB

The "no IV" order is the same as saying let the patient die of starvation or dehydration. The intent is to kill and that would be wrong.

Remember, the IV is not medical treatment; the IV is considered comfort care which is ordinary care in the case of someone who is suffering but is not terminal.

Judie Brown

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