End Of Life Decision Making Analysis

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END OF LIFE DECISION MAKING By Eric Fleckenstein 2009 What is an Advance Directive in the first place? This is a document that an individual would write, while they are of sound mind, stating exactly what they want for medical care and treatment if and when they become incapable of making these decisions. Most people never even think about end of life decisions until it has either abruptly come up on them or they realize that they need to address the issue because of their age. Having to deal with these questions are stressful enough but the most upsetting thing about it is how many peoples’ requests are being completely ignored. Communicating end of life preferences can be difficult for the patient and their…show more content…
The content of these decisions are more concrete and usually less emotionally straining. Preparing a power of attorney and having an up-to-date will are critical in the advance directives. It is advised that you have a trusted lawyer while preparing these documents. Keeping all of your insurance and medical policies in one place together and letting a trusted person know where they can be found when needed is very important. You should also write out the instructions for your funeral and if you want to be buried or cremated and how this should be paid for. From there you would progress into making the medical decisions which would be placed in an advance directive. These are the decisions that can be emotionally draining and time consuming. An individual should not feel rushed when having to determine what course of action they would want doctors to pursue if there was a final decision to be made in a critical or terminal…show more content…
This has produced situations where ethical and legal rights of a patient have come into play and been questioned. To further complicate these matters the state has claimed a right to protect its’ citizens from harm. The problem with this is that there is no true definition of harm to be referenced. The state may feel that having someone on a life support system may be keeping them from harm but the patient and their loved ones may feel that you are only prolonging the inevitable and causing more pain and stress for the loved ones involved. Every American has the right to request that medical treatment be withdrawn or withheld if they so choose. These rights are still in tact if you become incapacitated if you have prepared an advance directive. All of the states have implemented laws that have been put into place to make it easier for you to put together your advance directives. The Patient Self-Determination Act was designed to give the patient the right to refuse treatment while they were still able to comprehend the situation. Creating the advance directives under this law was intended make things go smoother when a patients health took a turn for the worse. It was developed to help prevent last second decisions from having to be made. This Act was implemented over fifteen

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