Posted on May 20, 2020 at 8:48 AM
Earlier this year, Medscape UK surveyed 1355 physicians on key ethical questions. One question was “Are Decisions to Withdraw Life Support Being Made too Soon?” One in ten respondents said yes. One quarter said it depends.
Some specific comments include:
- “To vacate the beds and free-up resources, the decisions are sometimes pushed through.”
- “The cost-benefit ratio of life support is poor.”
- “Not soon enough in many cases. Futile attempts at preserving life are frequent and distressing for both patient and family.”