Ethics of withdrawal of life support systems is not meant as a treatise on the morality of withdrawing medical treatment instead through careful analysis replete with examples walton offers communications and discourse as the proper processes for this type of decision making the book is an important contribution to the literatue of life . Ethics of withdrawal of life support systems case studies on decision making in intensive care bernard h adelson md phd ethics of withdrawal of life support systems case studies on decision making in intensive care jama 19842519 . Get this from a library ethics of withdrawal of life support systems case studies on decision making in intensive care douglas n walton. Withholding and withdrawing life support in critical care settings ethical issues concerning consent e that outline the goals of life support or an approach to decision making about life support in the critical and moral guidelines for the inititaion continuation and withdrawal of intensive care chest 1990 97 . End of life decisions in the intensive care unit icu are difficult for patients families and doctors alike yet they are increasingly common icnarc data uk shows that 15 25 of those admitted will die in the icu 1 and european data shows approximately 70 of these deaths occur after the withholding or withdrawal of life sustaining treatments
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