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Outline.docx - Is keeping someone alive just because you...

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Is keeping someone alive just because you cannot accept the thought of that person not being there ethical? Is allowing someone to pass away peacefully the same as assisted suicide? These questions are difficult to answer and the discussion of them makes some people uncomfortable. There is a great need to talk about death and what is to be done in the event of terminal illnesses and irreversible medical conditions. End-of-life planning can lead to less heartache to families, lowered healthcare costs, and patient wishes being kept. More education must be done to educate the general public on how, when, and why there is a great need to think about how they want to die. Outline I. End-of-Life Planning A. Advanced Directives 1. Advanced directives are preplanned instructions if you are unable to make medical decisions. 2. Certain medical conditions may leave a person unable to communicate or in a comatose condition. B. Patient Autonomy
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