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Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 30971 reviews

Course Summary

Unexpected situations can happen at any age. Anyone over the age of 18 can have an advance directive, and all adults are recommended to have an advance directive in place. Yet, the majority of the U.S., population and nursing home residents do not have an advance directive. Treatment in the final days of life is often hampered by lack of the patient’s decision-making capacity and legal documentation of wishes. An advance directive provides helpful written instructions for health teams and families when a patient is unable to make independent health care decisions. Various categories of advance directives exist, as well as barriers to achieve and carry out patient preferences during a medical misfortune, expected disease outcome or age.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          Scenarios And Common Types Of Advance Directives

1.   Case 1: Elderly Man with Cancer

2.   Case 2: Elderly Woman with Advanced Dementia

3.   Case 3. Elderly Woman with a Stroke

4.   Case 4: An Oncology Patient

5.   Living Will

6.   Medical Power of Attorney

7.   Physician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST)

8.   Instructional Directive

III.        Choosing A Health Care Agent

1.   Medical Treatments the Patient May Consider

2.   Comfort Care and Hospice

3.   Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders

4.   Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision-maker

5.   Reviews and Changes to Advance Directives

IV.         Barriers To End-Of-Life Care

V.           Summary


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