People may change or cancel their advance directive or physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST). However, they can only do so provided they can competently communicate their wishes.
Douglas A. Isenstein, MD
Specialty: Critical Care Medicine
- critical care medicine
- internal medicine
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Can an advance directive or POLST be changed?
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Why doesn't my doctor discuss end-of-life issues with me?
Anthony Cirillo, Gerontology, answeredThere are many reasons why doctors aren't having these discussions as often as they should. The conversations can be time-consuming and emotionally wrought. And estimating how long someone has to live is an inexact science. Patients can differ in how much they want to be told, and families can be another complicating factor urging the loved one to keep fighting.
Younger doctors were more likely than older doctors to have end-of-life discussions with patients, possibly indicating that current medical training places more emphasis on palliative care.
If doctors don't bring up end-of-life issues, patients need to bring it up with their doctors, making sure their wishes are known.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Should I go to the ER with severe poisoning?
Cathy Provins-Churbock, PhD, Critical Care Medicine, answeredYes, severe poisoning can be life threatening and you should seek emergency medical care. Calling 911 is the safest way to get assistance. Treating a poisoning on your own can be very dangerous and even fatal.
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