5 May 2009 ... RRT documentation as referral to palliative care · Volunteers for PC Patients.
Advance care directives ensure that your wishes are met. Doctors need counselling on how to talk to clients. Trick is to have emergency staff accepting these directives.
This is an excellent article:
Understanding CPR and DNR (This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 5/05)
As you make your decision, consider the following points:
- Do you have strong personal, religious, or spiritual views about dying and care at the end of life?
- Would CPR likely enable you to return to a quality of life and level of activity that would be acceptable to you?
- Are there important tasks that feel unfinished? Do you need to say things to loved ones or complete financial tasks that will allow them to live better after you die?
- If CPR were partially successful, would you want to be placed on a ventilator?
- Do you have strong feelings about dying at home versus in a hospital setting? (CPR may increase the likelihood of dying in a hospital setting)
Physicians are good with euphemisms. Know your rights and demand the truth. Be prepared.
Understand what end-of-life care looks like, what it means, and your options.