The requirements necessary for withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment are as follows.
Assessment of patient at the end stage of life
The doctor in charge and one medical specialist in an medical institution with Ethics Committee must assess the person as a patient in a state of imminent death, in which there is no possibility of revitalization or recovery despite treatment, and symptoms worsen rapidly.
Verification of decisions of the patient or patient’s family
The patient or patient’s family member should express that the patient does not want life-sustaining treatment, which should be verified by the doctor in charge or the doctor in charge and one medical specialist
Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment
In other words, life-sustaining treatment can be withheld or withdrawn only if there is a medical assessment that the patient is in the end stage of life, and the patient’s intention not wanting life-sustaining treatment any more is verified.