Position Paper – Organ Donation

1. Introduction The donation of vital organs from deceased donors is one of the most impactful ways to save a life. Medical innovation nowadays has enabled us to take an organ from a donor, whether dead or alive, and implant it into the body of another person. Fundamentally, one may differentiate between three types of […]

Position Paper: Using Painkillers That May Shorten the Life of a Patient

1. Introduction A patient suffering from severe pain is generally administered painkillers such as morphine, which are used for pain management, relief, and sedation. However, painkillers may impair respiration, and there is a concern that a patients receiving morphine injections will suffer from respiratory depression that may shorten their life. This begs the question: can […]

Position Paper – Drug Administration in Terminally Ill Patients

1.Introduction Terminally ill patients will generally receive numerous types of medications. Some are designated to treat the illness (to slow progression or to combat the disease entirely) and some are administered to improve quality of life (to prevent suffering as much as possible, limit risk of infection, etc.). The question that arises from this is: […]

Position Paper – Artificial Respiration in Terminally Ill Patients

Prolonging life via artificial respiration/ventilation is a life-saving treatment, but in many cases the possibility of ventilation brings up a difficult question: is prolonging this patient’s life truly desired or needed? In some cases, the ventilation will lead to prolonging of life artificially, but with no real benefit to the patient’s life, and all efforts […]