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

n
(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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An advance directive is a legal document that tells healthcare providers your preferences regarding medical treatment for end-of-life care if you become incapacitated.
The analysis revealed that only about 46 percent of people age 65 and older had completed an advance directive.
Although randomized trials support the value of advance care planning, especially in primary care settings, (3,4) two-thirds of Americans have not completed an advance directive.
4) It includes 1) strong, clear health care laws, the West Virginia Health Care Decisions Act and the West Virginia Do Not Resuscitate Act; 2) trained advance care planning facilitators; 3) a POST program; 4) an electronic online registry for treating health care providers to access a patient's advance directive, do not resuscitate (DNR) card, and/or POST form in a medical emergency; and 5) Emergency Medical Services that checks the Registry in the transport of medically unstable patients (Table).
Ask the Tennessee Department of Health to include more space on the Advance Directive form for a patient (and/or family or caregiver) narrative regarding end of life care preferences.
By contrast, the legislation National Right to Life is endorsing would create and promote a government website that gives a choice of alternative advance directive forms, including those that direct treatment and assisted feeding, like our group's 'Will to Live,'" Balch said.
Most court rulings concern the content of advance directive documents and in particular their validity, applicability and efficacy, whilst the rest focus on the concept itself and the requirements governing their validity.
Advance Directive: In New Mexico, the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act (24-7A-1-18 NMSA 1978) is the legal basis for advance directives.
After serving as a Registered Nurse for almost 38 years and as a hospice RN case manager for almost 10 of those years, I feel I can speak with some degree of authority on the importance of everyone having their own advance directive.
An advance directive is a way to tell both family and health care providers your wishes if you can't make decisions yourself.
Nine percent of the parents had an advance directive themselves and 3% had one for their chronically ill child.

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