ADVANCE DIRECTIVES AND ISSUES SURROUNDING LIFE AND DEATH 1 Advance Directives and Issues Surrounding Life and Death Torie L. Beckwith Purdue Global HS101
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES AND ISSUES SURROUNDING LIFE AND DEATH 2 Advance Directives and Issues Surrounding Life and Death End of life decisions can be challenging to address but things can become even more testing if the proper legal measures regarding end of life decisions are not taken before something happens. The same goes for issues regarding life. The following discusses what measures should be taken and shares some ethical and legal issues that arose in two very controversial cases, Terry Schiavo and Angela Carder. To begin, I will discuss the important end of life decisions that should be made to make your wishes clear if and when life prolonging care is needed, otherwise known as advance directives. The first is a DNR (do not resuscitate) order. According to Stanford & Connor (2019), this document advises healthcare professionals that a patient does not want extreme measures such as CPR and defibrillation taken to save their life during cardiac arrest. These orders are suggested for individuals who suffer from a terminal illness or are given 6 months or less to live (Stanford & Connor, 2019). The next is a living will. A living will is a legal document indicating whether a patient wants to be placed on life support if they are unable to speak for themselves. Stanford & Connor (2019) state that anyone has the ability to fill out a living will to keep on file, but it must be notarized by at least two witnesses to be legal (Stanford & Connor, 2019).
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- Spring '19
- Connor, Terri Schiavo case, Angela Carder