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14 The finality of death is an important and necessary boundary albeit vulnerable to conceptual challenge; while it is true that ‘[m]ost doctors when asked to sign a death certificate for a putrefying corpse […] are satisfied with empirical criteria for irreversibility and lose no sleep over the possibility of misdiagnosis, 7 Ethics Committee, American College of Critical Care Medicine, Society of Critical Care Medicine. 2001. Recommendations for non-heartbeating donation. A position paper by the Ethics Committee, American College of Critical Care Medicine, Society of Critical Care Medicine.
The techniques are fairly straightforward, and once in place do not necessarily involve ongoing medical involvement. They also address what some might think are the basic necessities of life, air, water and food, and not really medical treatment at all. But in Bland 19 the House of Lords told us that they are nonetheless to be treated, as a matter of law, as medical procedures to which the ordinary principles of medical law apply. Moreover, it is clear as a matter of law that there can be circumstances where it is lawful to withdraw, or not to put in place in the first instance, both artificial ventilation and artificial hydration and nutrition.
3 Worries centre on the relatives’ perception of a potential conflict of interest and the damage this may do to the relationship of trust between intensive care doctors and relatives. A re-examination is therefore needed of what we understand by death in legal and ethical terms in order to ensure that medical practitioners, patients and the public are clear about the motives and intentions of health care practitioners involved in caring for those who are dying. An improved legislative definition of death and what constitutes the dying process would provide this clarity and would help to provide reassurance that a good death is compatible with a body being maintained in a state where individuals are not dead in the currently recognized sense.