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Ethics of crisis sedation: Questions of performance and consent

Emmerich, Nathan; Gordijn, Bert


This paper focuses on the practice of injecting patients who are dying with a relatively high dose of sedatives in response to a catastrophic event that will shortly precipitate death, something that we term ‘crisis sedation.’ We first present a confabulated case that illustrates the kind of events we have in mind, before offering a more detailed account of the practice. We then comment on some of the ethical issues that crisis sedation might raise. We identify the primary value of crisis...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-04-20
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Medical Ethics
DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2018-105285


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