Artificial Life Support

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Definition of "Artificial Life Support"

Artificial life support refers to any medical procedure, treatment, or intervention which sustains, restores, or supplants a spontaneous vital bodily function. In LawDepot’s Health Care Directive and/or living will, this term does not include artificially administered food and water, or procedures that are necessary to provide comfort or alleviate pain (including pain-relief medications). Also known as life-prolonging procedures or life-sustaining procedures.

"Artificial Life Support" is referred to in the following legal documents:

Health Care Directive

See also:

Artificially Administered Food and Water

Persistent Vegetative State

Permanent Coma