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List the different types of Advance Directives

1. Living will
2. Medical or Health Care Power of Attorney (POA)
3. DNR


Define The Living Will

Written statement that expresses your wishes about medical treatment that would delay death from a terminal condition


Who does a Living Will apply to?

1. Vegetative state
2. Irreversible coma
3. Unable to communicate


Define The Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA)

A document lets you choose another person ("agent") to make HC decisions if you can no longer make those decisions for yourself


What do you do if the patient CAN'T make or communicate their health care treatment?

Check their Advance Directive (AD) document
Also can be called:
1. Living will
2. Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA)
3. Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA)
4. Durable Power of Attorney-Health Care (DPA-HC)


Do all durable Power of Attorney documents cover health care decisions?



What if the patient does not have an advance directive?

Clinician will need to identify and select a surrogate medical decision-maker


Who CANT/SHOULDN'T be a surrogate?

1. Treating HC provider
2. Employee of treating HC provider (unless related to pt)
3. Owner, operator, administrator of pt's HC facility (unless related to pt)
4. Employee of " "


What is The Conversation Project?

Begun in 2010 and is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care


When should you review advanced care planning documents?

Upon ANY change in condition