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The ethical and legal implications of deactivating an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in a terminally ill cancer patient

England, Ruth, England, Tim and Coggon, John (2007) The ethical and legal implications of deactivating an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in a terminally ill cancer patient Journal of Medical Ethics, 33, (9), pp. 541-544. (doi:10.1136/jme.2006.017657).

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In this paper, the ethical and legal issues raised by the deactivation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with terminal cancer is considered. It is argued that the ICD cannot be well described either as a treatment or as a non-treatment option, and thus raises complex questions regarding how rules governing deactivation should be framed. A new category called “integral devices” is proposed. Integral devices require their own special rules, reflecting their position as a “halfway house” between a form of treatment and a part of the body. The practical problems faced by doctors working in palliative medicine with regard to the deactivation of ICDs are also considered

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Published date: September 2007
Organisations: Southampton Law School

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Local EPrints ID: 342961
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/342961
ISSN: 1473-4257
PURE UUID: 3c178d43-d64d-4278-9152-8d10dd1704aa

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2012 10:43
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:26

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Author: Ruth England
Author: Tim England
Author: John Coggon

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