Patient Advocacy at the End of Life
Love, Mary Brewer
Nursing Ethics. 1995 Mar; 2(1): 3-9.
Caring for thdee competent, fragile, elderly patient at the end of life is becoming increasingly challenging. This case explores several ethical areas of concern that arise when caring for patients who have written durable powers of attorney for health care decisions and face life or death choices. Areas covered are informed consent with the elderly patient, the family's right to be involved in decision-making, futility of treatment, and the nurse's role as patient advocate during times of difficult decision-making. Recommendations for increased nursing intervention during these times are incorporated.
Advance Directives; Aged; Allowing to Die; Alternatives; Caring; Communication; Consent; Death; Decision Making; Disclosure; Emergency Care; Futility; Health; Health Care; Informed Consent; Life; Nurse's Role; Nurses; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Risks and Benefits; Suffering; Surgery; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Treatment Outcome; Ventilators;
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