A Patient 's Bill Of Rights

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What would happen if you were seriously hurt or sick and could not speak for yourself? Would your family or friends know what you wanted for medical care? Would you want to live in a nursing home, possibly connected to “tubes,” without a means to communicate or care for yourself? How would you define “quality of life”? Have you ever discussed with them what your wishes are if you were unable to speak for yourself? Do you have your wishes written down anywhere? Would it make their decision easier if they knew what your wishes were? As health care consumers, everyone has certain rights; this is often referred to as a Patient’s Bill of Rights. While there is not a universal Patient’s Bill of Rights, it typically addresses an individual’s right to information concerning their condition and treatment options, and autonomy over their medical treatment decisions. This means that individuals have the right to choose what medical treatments they may or may not want to receive. You have the right to refuse treatment that has been recommended by your treating physician, as long as you understand the nature and consequences of the health care decision, even if it might prolong your life (Patients, 2016.) Pharmacological and medical technology advances can prolonged life through the development of life sustaining therapies such as antibiotics, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), mechanical ventilation, feeding tubes and hemodialysis (HD). While these advances prolong life,
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