Terminal Sedation: A Substitute for Euthanasia?

  • Torbjörn Tännsjö


By ‘terminal sedation’ I denote, in the present chapter, a procedure where through heavy sedation a terminally ill patient is put into a state of coma, where the intention of the doctor is that the patient should stay comatose until he or she is dead. No extraordinary monitoring of the medical state of the patient is undertaken. Normal hydration is ignored. All this means that in some cases where patients are being terminally sedated, death is hastened; if the disease does not kill the patient, some complication in relation to the sedation, or the withdrawal of treatment and hydration, or the combination of these, does.


Palliative Care Active Killing Clinical Ethic Double Effect Palliative Medicine 
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  • Torbjörn Tännsjö
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyStockholm UniversitySweden

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