People who are 18 and older may obtain advance directive or physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) forms. They can get the forms from their doctor or healthcare institution.
Douglas A. Isenstein, MD
Specialty: Critical Care Medicine
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How old do I have to be to sign an advance directive or POLST?
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What are the advance directives for healthcare?
Katrina Bramstedt, PhD, Health Education, answered
An advance directive (also known as a living will) is a document in which you announce your personal values about life, health, healthcare, dying, suffering, and quality of life. In this document you can indicate the types of treatment you want as well as the types of treatment you dont want. You can also indicate other preferences such as where you want to die (at home vs hospital), if you want to be an organ donor, who you want to function as your proxy/surrogate decision-maker, etc.
You do not need an attorney to prepare a living will. Also, these documents apply only to your healthcare -- not to your personal finance matters (bank accounts, real estate, other assets).
If you would like a free living will template, visit my website, www.TransplantEthics.com and download the pdf file. When you have completed the document, give a copy to your personal physician and also to your surrogate decision-makers.
Overall, living wills are important documents because they guide the medical team to give you the medical care that you want and to not give you the treatments you don't want.
Learn more by reading my book, Finding Your Way: A Medical Ethics Handbook for Patients and Families.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Who can benefit from intravenous (IV) nutrients?
David L. Katz, MD,MPH, Integrative Medicine, answeredInjectable or intravenous (IV) nutrients can be important when used in the right people at the right times for the right reasons. Some patients are too sick to eat, and IV nutrients may be essential for preventing malnutrition in such circumstances. When older people can’t absorb vitamin B12 due to stomach atrophy, injecting the nutrient is the only way to ensure normal blood levels. Low levels of vitamin D or iron may require repletion by injection. And various conditions resulting in malabsorption, including surgical removal of portions of the intestine, may result in a need for nutrients by injection.
There is also a case to be made for the use of nutrients by injection as “medicine” in the treatment of a specific condition. The Myer’s Cocktail, a mix of minerals, B vitamins, and vitamin C, has long been used in alternative medicine circles for such conditions as chronic fatigue and chronic pain. In my own lab, we conducted a trial of this mix for fibromyalgia. Our results were not definitive; we saw a trend toward improvement with both the active treatment and IV placebo, but they did suggest a beneficial effect. We continue to offer the treatment, selectively, in my clinic.
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