Posts Tagged ‘ end of life treatment

Ontario Doctors prohibited from “Pulling Plug” Without Consent



The Ontario Court of Appeal recently dealt with the issue of whether consent is required from a patient or his/her substitute decision maker for the withdrawal of treatment in an end of life situation.


The Facts:

This case involves Mr. Rasouli, a patient who has been kept alive since October 2010 on a mechanical ventilator while being fed through a feeding tube inserted into his stomach. He developed bacterial meningitis and ventricultitis following surgery, which caused a severe and widespread brain injury as well as damage to the brainstem and the spinal cord. Read more

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