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If the patient is on a ventilation machine, can the hospital pull the plug without the family/friends consent?
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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If the patient has given an "advanced directive" the hosptial and physicians are obligated to adhere to the patients wishes even if this is against the wishes of the family or friends.

In brief: Depends
If the patient has given an "advanced directive" the hosptial and physicians are obligated to adhere to the patients wishes even if this is against the wishes of the family or friends.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Depends
If the patient's wishes were to have it removed such as in a living will, their wishes must be followed regardless of others wishes.
A medical power of attorney can make decisions on the patient's behalf. If multiple doctors agree that care is futile and death inevitable, the ventilator can be removed. Open discussion is a must so that understanding can be achieved.

In brief: Depends
If the patient's wishes were to have it removed such as in a living will, their wishes must be followed regardless of others wishes.
A medical power of attorney can make decisions on the patient's behalf. If multiple doctors agree that care is futile and death inevitable, the ventilator can be removed. Open discussion is a must so that understanding can be achieved.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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