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From “Right to Die” “Code Comfort”

Powell, Suzanne K. RN, MBA, CCM, CPHQ

doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000091
Departments: Editorial

In 1983, Nancy Cruzan was in a persistent vegetative state from a motor vehicle accident. This led to a landmark “right to die” case and the evolution of important documents outlining one's final wishes. Do Not Resuscitate orders became the standard. New wrinkles in the “end of life” debate include “death with dignity” initiatives and “code comfort” actions.

The editor reports no conflicts of interest.

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