posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 04:42 AM
Triage is not the same situation as this case. The point of triage, as I am sure you know, is to get the sickest and the most heavily wonded patients
who can be saved in to see the Doctor first. If nature takes its course with the patients waiting then there is no fault. That is far different than
pushing an extra 100 mcg Fentanyl, IV to finish the job quicker.
The problem is with choice. Every person should be given the choice for the manner of their death if there is a choice to be made. If you want to die
under anesthesia and I want to drown from the hurricane it is not your decision or the Doctors but mine alone.
The third problem is that this practice allows medical staff to play God and read the future. For example, You may decide to euthanize 10 patients
because within the hour they will be suffering. However, 10 minutes after you push the drugs, enough choppers land on the roof for a Medivac.
Therefore, because the medical staff has no way to fortell a future improvement of the problem the euthanization is wrong.
Finally, this is also wrong because it encroaches an absolute that should never be broken in my opinion, namely that another human has the right to
take the life of another human. What this means is that basically if you can justify euthanasia in this situation or similar situations then it is
easier to use in other situations. For example, today it is the poor Katrina patients but next it might be the poor autistic kids of America since
they really are going to have a lot of suffering from life due to their condition. Once the absolute of a Doctor only saving lives is broken the same
logic can be used to target any group under the auspices of 'mercy'.
[edit on 30-8-2009 by GTORick]