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Step 1: Read attached article entitled, Advance Directives and Health Care Planning-Are all the pieces in place.pdf
Step 2: Read the following article: Effect of Living wills on End of Life Care.pdf
Step 3: Watch the video, “Advanced Directives: Important Healthcare Tools for Supporting You and Your Family”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOIrnjqP5_M (Links to an external site.)
Step 4: Watch the video, “How to Have an End of Life Discussion”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtkgTzCSzqk (Links to an external site.)
An Advanced Directive is a document in which a client who is competent is able to express wishes regarding future acceptable health care. The document may include decisions including the desire for extraordinary lifesaving measures, such as resuscitation, intubation, and artificial hydration, and nutrition. The advanced directive may also be used to designate another person to make decisions when the client becomes physically or mentally unable to do so. The Patient-Determination Act requires all clients admitted to a health care facility be asked if they have advanced directives.
Planning guides for seriously ill clients includes:
Nursing intervention in these types of situations is to ensure to communicate to the interdisciplinary health care team that the client has provided and advanced directive and that it has been placed in the client’s medical record. Clients who do not have advanced directives must be given written information outlining rights related to health care decisions.
Initial Discussion scenario:
Mr. Gomez is a 73-year-old man who is estranged from his wife. Since he prefers that she doesn’t make any medical decisions for him should the need arise, he has filled out an advance directive naming his daughter Elena as his health care proxy. He has suffered from diabetes for many years and is adamant that he does not want dialysis, even if it would sustain his life. He does, however, wish to have tube feeding for however long it will sustain him.
One evening while at home with his daughter, Mr. Suarez has a seizure. He is taken to the hospital immediately, but never regains consciousness and doctors do not expect him to do so. Elena contacts her mother Mr. Gomez’s estranged wife and she quickly joins her daughter at the hospital. They want to put him on dialysis (as his diabetes is worsening) and a feeding tube (as there is no other way for him to receive nutrients). His daughter informs the doctors of her father’s end-of-life wishes. The doctors warn her that without dialysis her father will pass away more quickly, even with the feeding tube. Mr. Gomez’s estranged wife informs Elena that she needs to follow the advice received from the doctors in order to save her father’s life. Elena says that although she is aware of the consequences, she wants them to carry out her father’s wishes.
The clients estranged wife immediately has her attorney file an order to stop Elena from following her father’s wishes that are in his advanced directive. She feels that even though they are estranged, she still should have the right to make decisions regarding Mr. Gomez’s care. This action delays Elena’s ability to honor her father’s wishes and the doctors feel that it is necessary to inform the hospital’s ethics committee about the ongoing issue.
Assignment: Discuss the following questions
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