advance directive

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advance directive

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A legal document in which the signer gives directions or designates another person to make decisions regarding the signer's health care if the signer becomes incapable of making such decisions.

advance directive

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(Law) another name for living will
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advance directive

n documento de voluntad anticipada (Amer), documento de voluntades anticipadas (Esp), documento de instrucciones previas, documento que indica de antemano la atención médica deseada en caso de coma u otra incapacidad para expresarse; (living will) testamento vital
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And from April next year, health professionals must let the Mental Welfare Commission know if a patient has made an advance statement.
Tenders are invited for Advance Statement Of Gross Earnings And Traffic Handled, Size-A2, Form No.
In their advance statement, EU leaders highlighted their concern about low growth and high unemployment and committed themselves to a "youth employment initiative" that sets aside nearly 6 billion euros for the worst-affected regions of the EU over the coming seven years.
If you haven't made an advance decision or advance statement, health professionals make decisions based on the "best interests" and medical needs of the patient, in consultation with those closest to the patient, such as his or her partner (there have, however, been anecdotal cases of same-sex partners being excluded from consultation or access to information, and even being denied the right to visit a partner in hospital).