Life "encourages and invites us to ask 10 questions concerning patients' rights and end of life
The old law Leonetti, passed April 22, 2005 remains unclear. To know the essence of its content, the weekly "Life", with the support of the Federation of hospitals Assistance Fehap-person, the ethical space of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris and Hospital Federation of France-FHF-publishes a booklet that outlines the principles of the law.
The adults, facing the end of life, non-emergency, are affected by the law Leonetti. Here are the founding principles:
- Aggressive treatment is illegal,
- The patient has the right to refuse treatment,
- The physician must make every effort to relieve pain,
- Everyone can express their wishes to organize his last moments.
Thus, "The Life", encourages and invites us to ask 10 questions.
- How to be sure we will respect your wishes
- Why appoint someone you trust?
- How and why to write "advance directive"?
- Who decides what is or is not aggressive therapy?
- Sedation: when, how and why?
- What happens happens after the cessation of treatment regarded as unreasonable?
- And after the cessation of feeding or artificial respirator?
- What action have the patient or his family if the doctor refuses to listen?
- And if you are treated at home?
This, in 4 situations envisaged by the Act as the person:
- Is conscious but kept alive artificially;
- Is aware, in advanced or terminal phase of severe and incurable;
- Unconscious, in a chronic vegetative state;
- Unconscious, in advanced or terminal phase of severe and incurable.