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Vol 6, No 2 (2007)
Review articles
Published online: 2007-09-07
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Terminal Sedation in Palliative Care

Zbigniew Zylicz, Małgorzata Krajnik
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(2):47-51.

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Vol 6, No 2 (2007)
Review articles
Published online: 2007-09-07

Abstract

Terminal sedation is an important procedure which aims at reducing patients’ suffering through the reduction of their consciousness. Terminal sedation is used in cases of intractable symptoms in those who are dying imminently. Sedation is distinct from euthanasia, although the distinction between these two procedures may be blurred and may be confusing. Careful consideration, together with the patients, their family and the multidisciplinary team, is of paramount importance.

Abstract

Terminal sedation is an important procedure which aims at reducing patients’ suffering through the reduction of their consciousness. Terminal sedation is used in cases of intractable symptoms in those who are dying imminently. Sedation is distinct from euthanasia, although the distinction between these two procedures may be blurred and may be confusing. Careful consideration, together with the patients, their family and the multidisciplinary team, is of paramount importance.
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Keywords

palliative sedation; terminal sedation; intractable symptoms; pain; euthanasia; end of life care

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Title

Terminal Sedation in Palliative Care

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 6, No 2 (2007)

Pages

47-51

Published online

2007-09-07

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(2):47-51.

Keywords

palliative sedation
terminal sedation
intractable symptoms
pain
euthanasia
end of life care

Authors

Zbigniew Zylicz
Małgorzata Krajnik

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