advance directive

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advance directive

n.
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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First of all, nurses know we all need a living will and advanced directives.
It is neither ethically right nor legally lawful to apply an advance directives document (2) whilst a patient enjoys sufficient competence to make autonomous decisions and express his or her informed consent (1); nor is it to request a decision from a patient's proxy (3) whilst the former maintains his or her capacity to make autonomous decisions (1) or has previously let his or her wishes be known in the form of an advanced directives (2).
After Entwistle's recovery, he and his wife went through the process of creating advanced directives and learned new things about each other in the process.
Formal interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed into themes describing content with regard to the participants' clinical experiences with use of advanced directives in ICU and recommendations for improving advanced care planning for ICU patients.
The overall themes are perspectives of international and European law on dignity and self-determination at the end of life; advanced directives, end-of-life decision-making; and euthanasia in comparative legal perspective; and the ongoing debate on advance directions regulation in Italy.
In 2002, Connell administered a brief survey about advanced directives to employees at a rural hospital in Western North Carolina.
Cauchi advises that in writing a combined power of attorney for continuing care and advanced directives, one should resort to written wishes to receive food and water by whatever means until they can no longer be assimilated.
Most people want to protect their rights in health, and the Advanced Directives help in this--yet most people aware of them aren't aware of its components or how it's used.
People who think advanced directives are only for the elderly should think about the proverbial bus, said Ann Jackson, executive director of the Oregon Hospice Association.

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