Palliative care

   What is the dignified death that legislators want to bring us? It can be neither the euthanasia nor the assisted suicide with more or less sweetened variables. The authentic dignified death is the natural death that will arrive at the end of days, with the pain and suffering relieved with the resources that the current medicine has, it often is called palliative care.

   In the resolution of June 26, 1997, the Supreme Court of the United States supported the palliative care by accepting the sedation as beneficial resource of the health care applied to the dying sick.

   The majority of the sick near to death do not want to demand neither the euthanasia nor the assisted suicide when their pain, anguish and suffering have been eliminated by the palliative care units.

   As we know the euthanasia is legalized in Holland and this has contributed to the lack of development in hospitals and palliative care centers. It is easier end to the life of the sick than alleviate their suffering.

   The Supreme Court of the United States proposed a series of measures to solve this problem: improve the education of doctors in palliative care, eliminate laws that impede the medical treatment of pain, create such units in hospitals, pass laws that protect the sick with little intellectual clarity and allow the removal of extraordinary treatments.

   Currently, doctors need a new specialty that study in depth the broad and difficult problem to provide good care to the terminally ill.

   The sick who feel suicidal impulses because of their difficult situation and depression usually respond well to the treatment and are grateful to be alive.
   Arturo Ramo

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