Dutch euthanasia rules changed after acquittal in sedative case

Doctors allowed to put sedative in patient’s food or drink if they might become agitatedDoctors euthanising a patient with severe dementia may slip a sedative into their food or drink if there are concerns they will become “disturbed, agitated...

Dutch euthanasia rules changed after acquittal in sedative case

Doctors allowed to put sedative in patient’s food or drink if they might become agitated

Doctors euthanising a patient with severe dementia may slip a sedative into their food or drink if there are concerns they will become “disturbed, agitated or aggressive”, under a change to the codes of practice in the Netherlands.

The review committee for cases of euthanasia refreshed its guidance in response to the case of a former nursing home doctor, Marinou Arends, who was prosecuted for murder and cleared after putting a sedative in her 74-year-old patient’s coffee before giving a lethal injection.

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