When does pain and distress relief hastening death become killing?
220100 APPLIED ETHICS
220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
220106 Medical Ethics
220305 Ethical Theory
donation after cardiac death
analgesia, pain relief, sedatives, muscle relaxants
paralysing agents, nuro-muscular blockade
reason, motive, intention, murder
AbstractThis paper discusses the question of when pain and distress relief known to hasten death would cross the line between permissible conduct and killing. The issue is discussed in the context of organ donation after cardiac death, and considers the administration of analgesics, sedatives, and the controversial use of paralysing agents in the provision and withdrawal of ventilation.