Canadian doctors to get euthanasia kits

This December, Quebec will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow competent adults experiencing intolerable suffering at the end of life to request “medical aid in dying,” aka physician-assisted suicide, aka euthanasia.
Bill 52 allows doctors to administer lethal injections to mentally fit patients suffering an incurable illness who are in constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain, in an advanced state of irreversible decline. and be at the end of life.
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Sharon Kirkey reports for National Post, Aug. 28, 2015, that Quebec doctors will soon be given standardized kits with which to end the lives of patients seeking euthanasia, along with detailed instructions as the province prepares to usher in legalized aid in dying. The euthanasia patient-killing kit will include:

  • A sedative to calm the patient
  • A drug to induce a deep coma
  • A drug to induce cardiorespiratory arrest (two sets of each drug to provide a backup in case of complications)
  • Syringes
  • Needles in different calibre sizes
  • IV tubing
  • IV solutions

The Collège des médecins du Québec has developed a new guideline for doctors unlike any in the history of Canadian medicine: a step-by-step guide to follow before, during and after administering euthanasia to killing an eligible patient, including the type of drugs to be used, the dose, the injection site and what to do in the event of complications. The guideline, developed in collaboration with the Order of Pharmacists of Quebec and the Order of Nurses of Quebec, will be available to doctors, nurses and other health professionals on a secure area of the college’s website because, according to college secretary Dr. Yves Robert, “We don’t want these recipes made too easily available to everyone.”

Robert insists, “It is clearly not euthanasia on demand. It is clearly not that.”

In February, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the century-old Criminal Code prohibitions against “physician-assisted death.” In so doing, legal experts say the court opened the door to both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide — where the doctor writes a prescription for a life-ending overdose the patient then takes himself.
Modeled on a 3-phased formula used in the Netherlands, the Quebec guideline could become a model for all of Canada. The three steps are:

  1. First, a benzodiazepine, a type of sedative, would be injected to help control anxiety and “help calm the patient,” Robert said.
  2. Next, a barbiturate drug would be injected to induce a coma.
  3. The third step would be a neuromuscular block, a derivative of curare that acts on the respiratory muscles to cause cardio-respiratory arrest, i. e., the person’s heart and lungs will cease functioning.

People requesting euthanasia can stop the processes at any time, up until the last moment before the loss of consciousness. The whole process, from beginning to death, “would probably take something around 15 minutes,” Robert said.
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  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this significant post. Euthenasia is against God’s law and against the teachings of my Faith, the Catholic Faith. The Triune God allows suffering to occur in one’s life for a reason. This is where true Trust comes in – “Jesus, I Trust In You.” Suffering compels us to become closer to Jesus, to remember how He suffered for us and how he sacrificed Himself for our redemption and so that we could enter Heaven. Also, with suffering comes the peace of Jesus, as well as a kind of understanding and acceptance of His will. What is happening in Canada and certain states in our country is a travesty, a working of the devil and humankind’s choice to do evil.

     
  2. Robert insists, “It is clearly not euthanasia on demand. It is clearly not that.”
    You keep using that word — I do not think it means what you think it means.

     
  3. “The guideline, developed in collaboration with the Order of Pharmacists of Quebec and the Order of Nurses of Quebec, will be available to doctors, nurses and other health professionals on a secure area of the college’s website because, according to college secretary Dr. Yves Robert,…” No one’s website is 100% guaranteed secure.
    “We don’t want these recipes made too easily available to everyone.” Dude, you can find anything you want on the internet.

     
  4. For any doctor or health professional, why must there be a “kit” that results in death? For any “good” doctoring, one-on-one (patient to his/her doctor), case to case, the welfare of the LIFE of the patient must come first: I can go w/first one in the “kit”—sedative to calm someone who is in the final days or moments…IF THEY ASK FOR IT. (My own great-grandfather WANTED to be alert to say “goodbye” to everyone.”) I could even go to the 2nd step in the “kit” (induced coma) IF by prior written request/living will, should the patient arrive at unusual pain or circumstance—(I was hospitalized once w/someone–down the hall—near death of malignant brain tumor…the painful moaning day & night was awful). That’s the end of the line for me. Anything more & it’s pretty much assisted suicide/murder….it’s NOT being a doctor or “health-care provider.”

     
  5. When he was Mayor of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg ordered all doctors employed by City-run hospitals to get the latest up-to-date abortion knowledge and procedures.
    Who is to say that if euthanasia becomes legal in New York State, the Governor at that time will not order and enforce the same?
    I am a libertarian—up to a certain point. Abortion sends a signal to society at large: Violence is all right, so long as you win. Ditto euthanasia. This is true in the World of the Collective Hivemind. The sick and elderly will, YOU CAN BET ON IT, be euthanized without their knowledge or consent.

     
  6. In other words, the same equipment as that used in prisons.
    De damn about the oath they swore to uphold, for every minute of life is a gift from God.
    And everyone knows if this is allowed, the rules will soon be relaxed.

     
  7. If you go to Canada, don’t get sick.
    -Dave

     

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