Pacemaker and defibrillator management in medical assistance in dying: Review for the primary care provider

Pacemaker and defibrillator management in medical assistance in dying: Review for the primary care provider

By Santabhanu Chakrabarti, MD, FRCPC, FCCS/ Jennifer A. Gibson, RN, PhD/ Matthew T. Bennett, MD, FRCPC, FCCS/ Mustafa Toma, MD, FRCPC/ Ankush T. Verma, MD, FRCPC/ Rudy Chow, MD, FRCPC/ Laurel Plewes, MSN, RN, CNS/ Calum J. Redpath, MD, PhD, FRCPC/ Blandine Mondésert, MD, FRCPC/ Lawrence Sterns, MD, FRCPC, FCCS/ Andrew D. Krahn, MD, FRCPC, FCCS

In June 2016, the Parliament of Canada passed federal legislation that allows eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying (MAID). In Canada, two methods of assisted dying are available: self-administration and ingestion of oral medications that cause death, or more commonly, clinician administration of prescribed intravenous medications that cause death.