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Palliative Sedation: Some Legal Precautions in the Case of Chile

  • Angela VivancoEmail author
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Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 116)

Abstract

Sedation, understood from the medical perspective as: the administration of drugs to lessen the patient’s level of consciousness, with the objective of controlling some of the symptoms or to prepare the patient for a diagnostic or therapeutic intervention that could be stressful or painful (Comité de Ética 2002). It is described as “palliative” when such an administration is done to “lessen the patient’s level of consciousness with the objective of controlling physical or psychical symptoms or both”, which can equate to a primary sedation: to reduce the level of consciousness in a patient with an advanced or terminal illness, as much as it is necessary to adequately alleviate one or more refractory symptoms and according to the patient’s explicit, implicit or delegated consent; or terminal sedation, which implies the: deliberate administration of drugs to achieve relief, unachievable in any other way, of a physical or psychic pain, or both, through the sufficiently deep and foreseeably irreversible lessening of consciousness in a patient close to death and with the patient’s explicit, implicit or delegated consent (Santos et al. 2009).

Keywords

Palliative Care Medical Doctor Palliative Sedation Palliative Measure Terminal Sedation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Universidad Santo Tomás, ChileSantiagoChile

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