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Can A Doctor Refuse To Honor Advance Directive
An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The instruction appoints someone, usually called an agent, ...Read more
Medical doctor: I have an advance directive but how do I know if I need an added form to the living will like a DNRO? What circumstances?
Consultation: This type of question really needs a physician consultation to further define your needs. Please see your regular physician or other consultation services such as a consultation on Healthtap. ...Read more
Personal control: An advance directive tells your doctor and family what to do in the case of your personal incapacity or impending death. It relieves them of some responsibility in these decisions by directing the level of care you will accept and what extremes you would allow if you were conscious and directing your care. It is a kindness to all concerned and can prevent prolonged suffering. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The instruction appoints someone, usually called an agent, to make such decisions. ...Read more
Amerian Bar Assn etc: One of the best i can refer to is the american bar assn. Yes, it seems odd for a doctor to refer to a lawyer's site, but check out: http://www.Americanbar.Org/groups/law_aging/resources/consumer_s_toolkit_for_health_care_advance_planning.Html. ...Read more
Legal completeness: An advance directive gives your family and your caregivers information about what you want done, and how much done during your final illness. There are template to be found on the internet, but an attorney can structure it to completely do what you want. It is one of the rare things that an attorney can do that is actually helpful to society. ...Read more
Can I bring my own meal replacement as an alternative to the TPN if I specify it in my Advance Directive?
Not sure what u mean: Advanced directives r meant 2 guide end-of-life care & the extent of heroic resuscitative measures. TPN's a way to b fed thru an IV. If u don't want that, u can specify so in the advanced directive. If u don't want a feeding tube, u can specify that also. There's no harm in including ur meal preferences in ur advanced directive- they shd b honord; but if u can't swallow, it won't matter. ...Read more
They shouldn't: But it all depends on how good a relationship you've had with your physicians and how clear you have specified your intents. It's always better to have this discussion with your family rather than a physician having to start the discussion with your family. ...Read more
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