Advantages And Disadvantages Of Advance Directives

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Use of Advance Directives An advance directive is an important topic within the emergency and end-of-life care of patients. It is the expressed wishes of an individual on how they would like to receive end-of-life treatment in the case they are unable to make their own healthcare decisions. In this paper we will look into what advance directives are and some of the factors that go into creating an advance directive. The creation and use of advance directives comes with advantages and disadvantages. We will delve into some of these and see what kind of affects it can potential have when planning for your end-of-life care. The subject of death and dying can be challenging for all members involved including patients, families, and healthcare providers. Background on Advance Directives…show more content…
Watson also identified In re Quinlan (1976) as was one of the first legal cases to deal with end-of-life care issues. In that case it permitted the parent to make a determination on the daughter’s best interest to have her removed from a ventilator (Watson, 2010). Another major case presented by Watson relating to end-of-life care was Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health (1990). In this case, the court decided the statement she made to her friends about her wishes if she was in a vegetative state met the clear and convincing evidence standard. She had a right to refuse medical the treatment. This case is significant because it lead to the passing of the Patient Self Determination Act (Watson, 2010). As Croke and Daguro listed in their article “Liability for the healthcare provider: Nonimplementation of patients’ advance directives”, this act states that healthcare facilities or healthcare providers that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding must implement various regulations that

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