Furthermore, the CHPCA and the CSPCP would like to distinguish the difference between palliative sedation therapy and the proposed “terminal palliative sedation,” where the intent is to cause death. Published standards define “palliative sedation therapy” as the practice of relieving intolerable suffering through the intentional lowering of a patient’s level of consciousness in the last days of life by the proportional and monitored use of non-opioid sedative medications [i] . “Palliative sedation therapy” does not prolong dying or hasten death but addresses refractory suffering. To learn more about this terminology please consult: www.chpca.net/hpcfirst
[i] Fraser Health. Refractory Symptoms and Palliative Sedation Therapy Guideline. 2011; p. 2.