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What should I discuss with my medical power of attorney?

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Here are some possibilities you may want to discuss:

  • How do you feel about being fed or hydrated through a tube?
  • Would you want to receive certain treatments, like antibiotics, tube feeding, or mechanical ventilation, for a trial period and have them stopped if a certain time passed with no improvement?
  • How aggressive do you want your doctors to be about the use of CPR should your heart stop?
  • What are you most afraid of regarding treatments you might receive?
  • What are you afraid might happen if you can't make decisions for yourself?
  • Are there circumstances under which you would want more aggressive measures taken to sustain your life, and others under which you wouldn't?

From: Advance Directives WebMD Medical Reference

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Center to Advance Palliative Care, New York.

Caring Connections, a project of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Alexandria, Va.

Aging With Dignity, Tallahassee.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

SOURCES:

Center to Advance Palliative Care, New York.

Caring Connections, a project of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Alexandria, Va.

Aging With Dignity, Tallahassee.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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