O documento define os conceitos, destina a possibilidade a adultos (mais de 18 anos)realizarem um pedido escrito (Written Request for Medication to End Life
in a Humane and Dignified Manner), especifica as responsabilidades dos médicos, as questões relacionadas com o consentimento informado, a notificação da família, um tempo de espera mínimo de 15 dias, a participação de testemunhas, entre outros procedimentos.
Simplificando, trata-se da concretização formal do suicídio assistido.
Este mês, em balanço de nove meses, afirma-se:
“63 terminally ill patients received lethal medication to end their lives. Thirty-six — or more than half — died from ingesting it. Complications while taking the medication occurred in three people. Those were the findings released Thursday morning in a state Department of Health report on the law, which allows physicians to prescribe lethal medication to patients who have six months or less to live. Passed by voters in 2008, the assisted-suicide law went into effect a year ago this Friday. The report, which analyzed patient use only for 2009, found that 53 doctors had written 63 prescriptions. It found that 48 percent of patients had been under their doctor’s care for less than six months. At least one patient had been with a doctor for only three weeks. The report found that a total of 47 people who took part in the law had died, some from their underlying illness. Of them, nearly 80 percent had cancer, nearly 90 percent had some type of insurance, and more than 60 percent had some college education. (…) When it came to complications, the report found that one patient had regurgitated the drugs. Two awakened after taking them. But most patients became unconscious within 10 minutes of taking the powerful barbiturates, and that most died within 90 minutes of ingestion.”
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