Legal Analysis of Withholding and Withdrawing Life Support


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Withholding and withdrawal of life support for critically ill patients remain one of the most controversial issues in legal and social aspects.  A number of studies have revealed that most people lose their life in intensive care units owing to withholding or withdrawal of life support and during palliative care.  This has raised ethical and legal issues regarding the implication of these processes in life of patients and impeachment of physicians.  Withholding and withdraw of life support can be described as a process through which a number of medical interventions are withheld or terminated altogether for a given patient due to varying medical reasons, the most prevalent being the believe and expectation that the patients has slim chances of recovering and therefore will eventually die even after administration of the medical processes.