(Correspondence) LVADs and the Limits of Autonomy

Jeremy Simon, Ruth Fischbach

The Hastings Center Report
The Hastings Center Report

Jeremy Simon’s commentary argues that physicians may decline to deactivate an LVAD even at the request of a capable patient. . . . No doctor may be forced to act against her conscience to end a patient’s life. A physician moved by Simon’s argument would be covered by this doctrine. As for legal precedents, if there have been any cases regarding the removal of destination LVADs, there certainly have not been enough for the case law in this matter to be considered settled. . .

Simon J, Fischbach R. (Correspondence) LVADs and the Limits of Autonomy. Hast Cent Rep. 2008 May-June;5.