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Advanced Directives Comparison 1. Explain different types of advance directives and the pros and cons of each. A. Durable Power of Attorney-grants one or more agents to make certain legal and financial decisions on behalf of the principal. Pros- stays in affect after the principal is incapacitated. Con-the principal must sign while competent. B. Living will-Is a document executed by an competent adult that expresses that individuals wishes to limit treatment measures when specific health related diagnoses or conditions exist and the individuals cannot communicate on his or her own behalf. Pro-There is no guessing what the patient would have wanted. They determine exactly what they wanted while competent. Con-permanent unconsciousness or confusion cased by accidents or diseases may
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