Catholic Medical Quarterly 70 (1):16-19 (2020)

Michal Pruski
University of Manchester
With recent guidance from the BMA and RCP on the withdrawal of nutrition from patients, and how the cause of death is being recorded (1), and the case of Vincent Lambert (2), the debate surrounding withdrawal of care and treatment has been rekindled in Catholic circles. In this article, I wish to highlight some of traditional principles that form the basis of such decision-making. I discuss these within the context of the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration (NaH), as well as ventilation, to elucidate the key points.
Keywords withdrawal of care  withdrawal of nutrition and hydration  withdrawal of ventilation
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