Advanced care directives are where a patient or a client will want to set forth their decisions in advance with regards to specific medical circumstances. The most common that we see are heroic decision making at the time of like a cardiac arrest under medical or something along those lines. Commonly referred to as a DNR or Do Not Resuscitate. Those types of decision making can often be made by emotional family members, which would disregard what your true feelings are about the situation. So, you can set forth those decisions in writing ahead of time, while you still have the capacity to make a decision and they’re basically set out with the legal formalities that are associated with a power of attorney or a will. Once those are given legal effect, then the hospital’s provided with that document upon the need for the decision making to take place and therefore your personal decisions will control the situation rather than a second or subsequent person stepping into your place to make it for you.
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