prisoners of technology … ?

November 15, 2011

in Bioethics,Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Dan Sulmasy OFM MD PhD nicely summarizes the use of advance directives …

“With so many possible treatments, studies now demonstrate that approximately 90 percent of hospitalized patients die after a decision to forgo a procedure that could have been tried. One of the burdens of contemporary medical technology accompanying its many benefits is the responsibility for deciding when not to use it. Otherwise people will become prisoners of technology.

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