What is The Plug?
The Plug is a physically implanted Advance Euthanasia Directive for the condition of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s Disease, Pick’s Disease, or Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease). An Advance Directive is a tool used in planning for end-of-life, usually in the form of a document by which a person makes provisions for health care decisions in the event that, in the future, he/she becomes unable to make those decisions. Advance euthanasia directives in dementia are rarely complied with even though patient suffering was judged to be extreme (Rurup et al., 2005).
Here at The Plug we believe that, if a cognitively sound person has made a well considered, rational decision to desire euthanasia under certain circumstances, we must respect this wish. We do however also understand that this can be a completely unreasonable request to a physician having to perform the euthanasia. This is why we have come up with The Plug. The Plug is an implanted robot that can perform your commands in the future, once you yourself are incapable of making these decisions. The Plug alleviates the burden on physicians having to deal with these ethically complicated issues.