Lethal Injection, Anesthesia, Medicine and Organ Donation - Ethical and Clinical Considerations Regarding the Pending Supreme Court Case: Baze vs Rees
Paul M. Kempen*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 7
Last Page: 12
Publisher Id: TOATJ-2-7
Article History:Received Date: 12/01/2008
Revision Received Date: 25/03/2008
Acceptance Date: 31/03/2008
Electronic publication date: 21/4/2008
Collection year: 2008
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The recent deliberation by the United States Supreme Court regarding the use of lethal injection for executions has raised public awareness regarding the technique itself and any similarity with clinical anesthesia. This paper reviews the issues, with an emphasis in utilizing lay terms, to provide information and reference to professionals and lay persons interested in the subject of lethal injection. Anesthesiologists are most knowledgeable of the specific drugs involved in the process and may be called upon to provide information in this matter.