Sedation at the end of life

Camilo Rada Ortega, Lina Maria Perez toro, Sara Echeverri Saldarriaga, Diana Carolina Reyes Marquez

Resumen


Life expectancy has increased; consequently, the incidence of chronic illness has risen. Oncologic patients may present in their final days of life severe symptoms refractory to treatment, such as delirium, dyspnea, psychological stress and existential suffering. Sedation at the end of life is a strategy for the relief of those symptoms, highlighting that the intention is not to shorten life. We describe a pharmacological strategy for end-of-life sedation, along with ethics and legal aspects.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21615/cesmedicina.30.1.5


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Terminal care, Palliative care, Euthanasia, Neoplasm, Deep sedation

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Esta obra está bajo una licencia de Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0 Internacional.

 

 

Revista CES Medicina/ ISSN Impreso:0120-8705; Electrónico:2215-9177

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