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Policy on Physician Assisted SuicideSt Wildes Medical Center Georgetown UniversitySubmitted By Elinor Bazar G Konrad BrownThe mission of this hospital is rooted in our emphasis on the individual and directed toward providing the highest level of autonomy beneficance comfort healing privacy and respect for the dignity of the patient With these as our guiding principles we evaluated Physician Assisted Suicide PAS as a possible treatment option at this institution We have concluded that PAS can be a viable treatment option after making the following considerations 1 Defing the elements of justified PAS 2 Consideration of moral justifications 3 Why personal autonomy is important 4 Informed consent and 5 The benefits of the approach of causitry to issues of biomedical ethics The elements of PAS are an agreement between a physician and the patient on the treatment option after consideration of all other options informed consent conditions consistant with the Oregon state law and the asurance of the agent choosing this course of action in an autonymous nature Moral arguements question the validity of PAS as an option We make the determination that PAS can indeed be considered equivelent to other medical decisions regarding whether or not continue treatment in cases where the prognosis is immenent death or prolonged intense suffering followed by death If for example a patient with a terminal illness such as lung cancer has a choice between hospice care and being made comfortable or PAS we can not say that the two approaches are inconsistant with eachother A patient who refuses treatment and accepts death as a consequence has the right self determination by law If this action is acceptable under law it is not unfair to consider PAS as an equivelent means to the same end Therefore there will be cases where PAS is most certainly a valid option for the patient To reach our decision it is important to understand our view of personal autonomy We will elaborate on
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