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mechanical ventilation - if you're old and don't want to be on a machine, what papers do carry on you?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Advance Directive: Advance directives & living wills are legal documents for you to instruct healthcare providers about what life-support measures you do or don't want. Your regular doctor can help you fill one out, or you can also get the forms from any hospital admitting office (you don't have to be a patient at the hospital, just ask for the form). Also talk with friends/family so they know what you want.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I'm not sure if it is urban legend or true, but I recall one case where a patient had "Do Not Resuscitate" tattooed on his chest.
Jun 22, 2012

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