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Mr Blackburn Inquiry Skills 2 Dec 1996 Euthanasia In todays society there are many disagreements about the rights and wrongs of euthanasia Although death is unavoidable for human beings suffering before death is unbearable not only for terminal patients but for the family members and friends Euthanasia comes from the Greek word Thanatos meaning death and the prefix eu meaning easy or good Russell 94 Thus eu- Thanatos meaning easy or good death Euthanasia is a better choice for terminal patients than suicide In our society suicide is always traumatic for families and friends If there is no alternative to relieve the suffering of terminal patients then the more humane option to suicide is euthanasia An option for people that are unsure of euthanasia is called DNR or do not resuscitateMcCuen 2 This means that if the patient has a heart attack or another potentially fatal problem in the hospital the doctors are told to preform a No Code which means that they should let the patient die peacefully with any amount of painkillers or medication requested by the patientMcCuen 3 Doctors that are treating a dying patient should treat them with care They should make them as comfortable as possible and give them medication to dull their pain Instructors tell doctors in training to treat dying patients as people that are alive but just that their death is more imminent than our ownMoroney 2 Many families could rest easy that their relative is being treated well and are receiving the necessary attention A lot of terminal patients decide to sign DNR forms or request euthanasia so that they would
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