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1

What is an advance directive?

A means for patient to indicate their choice for treatment.

2

When is an advance directive implemented?

When the patient
can't MAKE decisions
OR
can't COMMUNICATE decisions

3

Can advance directives be verbal?

Yes

4

What forms can advance directives take?

Written
AND
Oral

5

Ambulance officers must comply with the requests in an advance directive provided that ..............? (3 criteria)

Advance directive applies to current situation
AND
Advance directive evidence (preferably written)
AND
Advance directive is clear


6

What does DNR mean with regards to advance directives?

Do Not Resusciatate

7

What does DNAR mean with regards to advance directives?

Do Not Attempt Resuscitation

8

Are DNR's, if in place, to be used in all life threatening situations?

No - take into account circumstances.

May well be appropriate only for cardiac arrests but not if choking.

Always clarify the order circumstances.

9

What does AND mean with regards to advance directives?

Allow Natural Death

10

What must you do for patients who have an AND order?

Give "ordinary and non-invasive" treatments eg pain relief for non life threatening illnesses
AND
Not give "extraordinary and invasive" treatments eg ventilation or CPR for life threatening illnesses





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