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Medical Terms for End-of-Life

 

 

Medical Terms for End-of-Life care Decision making:

  • Life-Sustaining Treatment-

Treatments (medical procedures) replace or support any essential bodily functions.   Life-sustaining treatments include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition and hydration, dialysis, and other treatments.

  • Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (tube feeding)-

Supplements or replaces ordinary eating and drinking by giving a chemically balanced mix of nutrients and fluids through a tube placed directly into the stomach, the upper intestine or a vein.

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-

Is a group of treatments used when someone's heart and/or breathing stops. CPR is used in an attempt to restart the heart and breathing.

  • Do-Not-Resuscitate Order (DNR)-

Is a binding legal document that states resuscitation should not be attempted if a person suffers cardiac or respiratory arrest

  • Palliative Care-

Is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself or provide a cure

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