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artificial life support

artificial life support, systems that use medical technology to aid, support, or replace a vital function of the body that has been seriously damaged. Such techniques include artificial pacemakers, internal defibrillators, dialysis machines (see kidney, artificial), and respirators. The use of life-support systems to prolong the life of a patient who has suffered apparently irreversible damage to a vital organ system may raise such ethical issues as the quality of life, euthanasia, and the right to die, and has been the subject of much legal and moral debate. Some people specify their wishes concerning prolonged artificial life support, especially should they be in a persistent vegetative state (see coma), in a living will. A health-care proxy is another legal means of insuring that a person's wishes regarding artificial life support are respected, even if the person is unable to communicate those wishes.
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Almost exactly the same response: 77% said the patient should be allowed to receive life support. Only 15% said the doctor should be allowed to withhold life support.
Jenny was among the first to start the Life Support pre-foundation course in Ebbw Vale last November.
One group of actions taken to bring about the death of a dying patient (withdrawal of life support, referred to by some as passive euthanasia) has been specifically upheld by the courts as a legal right of a patient to request and a legal act for a doctor to perform.
I mention all this because I believe the main audience for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Study Guide by Barbara Aehlert will consist of professionals who approach the course with less background knowledge and less confidence in their ability to master the course material.
Even with a living will or at the request of the patient's proxy, withdrawal of life support is permitted only if the patient's condition is terminal.
His wife, Rachel Lambert, and others say he would not have wanted to live this way and should be taken off life support.
Talking to media outside Harley Street Clinic in London on Saturday, he said that the doctors will have a detail check up on Monday and will decide whether to remove Kulsoom Nawaz from life support or not.
He said that CPSP has arranged 168 Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses in which 2612 doctors were trained according international standard.
On Thursday, a High Court judge ruled that Charlie would be moved to a hospice and would have his life support withdrawn.
Ambulance staff took over his care and carried out advanced life support, but sadly, despite all efforts, it wasn't possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.