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Many people decide to do living wills or appoint someone as power of attorney to aid them with end of life decisions when they are no longer able. Do you think that living wills and/or power of attorneys make the medical decisions at a person's end of life easier or more difficult for the medical staff involved? What are the pros and cons of having each? Explain how the C (caring) in the PRICE model relates to dealing with patients and families when it comes to end of life situations. I think that living wills and/or power of attorneys, if done properly, can make medical decisions at a person’s end of life easier for the medical staff involved. In contrast, if they are not done properly, they can make the decisions harder. In the case of living wills, if the will states all the decisions of a patient clearly, the living will should help guide the medical staff to make the right choices for that patient. If the will is not clear, or is missing a key component, the medical staff may not be sure what to do or misinterpreted the wishes. For example, if the living will does not state what the patient would like to do in the case of mechanical ventilation, and the patient needs it, the medical staff may need to consult the next of kin, power of attorney, or state to make that decision, potentially burning through critical time to help the patient.
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  • Spring '16
  • Java
  • Health care provider, attorney

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