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Uniform Determination of Death Act
A proposal that established uniform guidelines for determining when death has occurred.
Final cessation of bodily activity, used to determine when death actually occurs; circulatory and respiratory functions have irreversibly ceased, and the entire brain ( including the brain stem) has irreversibly ceased to function
Persistent vegetative state (PVS)
Severe mental impairment characterized by irreversible cessation of the higher functions of the brain, most often caused by damage to the cerebral cortex
Uniform Rights of the Terminally 111 Act
A federal statute passed in 1989 to guide state legislatures in constructing laws to address advance directives
the act of allowing a dying patient to die naturally, without medical interference
the act of ending a dying patient's life by medical means with his or her permission
The act of ending a terminal patient's life by medical means without his or her permission
Treatment of a terminally ill patient's symptoms in order to make dying more comfortable; also called comfort care
a facility or program in which teams of health care practitioners and volunteers provide a continuing environment that focuses on the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of the dying patient
Patient Self-Determination Act
A federal law passed 1990 that requires hospitals and other health care providers to provide written information to patients regarding their rights under state law to make medical decisions and execute advance directives
Durable power of attorney
An advance directive that confers upon a designee the authority to make a variety of legal decisions on behalf of the grantor, usually including health care decisions
National Organ Transplant Act
Passed in 1984, a statute that provides grants to qualified organ procurement organizations and established an Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
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