Advance Care Directives Explained

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An advance care directive is a critical form of documentation that communicates the patient’s instructions and wishes in such a situation, taking the burden of decision-making off loved ones. In the case of sudden deterioration, it’s essential to know where a patient’s advance care directive can be found and understand how it works.

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An advance care directive is a legally binding document that outlines a patient’s directions and/or preferences in regards to medical treatment. It is used in the event of incapacitation where the patient does not have the decision-making capacity to communicate their wishes.


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Emma Caire
02 Jun 2020
Great explanation, easy to digest
Sarah Chen
11 Jun 2023
Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
very good
Tendayi Mhike
31 May 2023
Registered Nurse
Very insightful
25 Apr 2021
I thought this resource gave a good general review and listed the various resources to follow up on.
03 Jun 2023
Registered Nurse
very informative.
Peter Hudson
31 May 2023
Registered Nurse
concise summary of the topic
Amelia Scheidel-Borellini
02 Jul 2023
Registered Nurse
good info
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Deanne Semon
27 Apr 2021
Very informative.
Richard Evetts
04 Jun 2020
A description of advanced care directives that may be useful.
bernie harbrow
12 Aug 2020
clear and informative.
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