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Dutch doctors are given guidance on sedation

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1422-b (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1422
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch Medical Association has laid down guidance on doctors' use of sedation to induce a coma in dying patients and relieve their pain and suffering.

    It tries to make clear the difference between such sedation, which is produced with sedatives such as midazolam and which the guidance calls palliative sedation, and euthanasia. It says palliative sedation is “normal medical treatment” that does not “accelerate death” and that it has been incorrectly associated with “life ending treatment.”

    Explicitly excluded from palliative sedation is the …

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