Advance Directives

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DeVry | HSM320 A.RETA Application Paper Advance Directives- Kevin Bean | Devry University- Andrea Reta, Prof. | | Kevin Bean | 12/15/2014 |

This paper concerns the ethical basis for advance directives, or “Living Wills”; the value of these advance directives to the patients, their families; and the authorities that these advance directives give the above mentioned interested parties. |

Contents Application Paper on Advance Directives 3 Abstract of Application Paper 3 Advance Health Care Directives 3 The Natural Death Acts 3 Legal Precedents for Advance Directives 3 Advance Health Care Directives: 4 California’s Advance Directive Law 4 The Natural Death Acts 5 Inception and Legal Basis 5 Current
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The Natural Death Acts
Inception and Legal Basis

Under the Summary and Guidelines for the CALIFORNIA NATURAL DEATH ACT,” to use an advance directive you must be adult (18) and the declaration requires the conditions that the patient’s physician must see the declaration, that the patient specified must be diagnosed in a terminal condition, and the patient can’t make decisions about what health care should be administered. The hospital must: place the declaration is the patient’s records; or inform the patient that they cannot comply, and immediately transfer care to a physician or facility that can comply with the Act. Lastly, comfort and care must never be withdrawn, even if treatment is withdrawn under the Natural Death Act.”
The Natural Death Acts are a bit different from Advance Health Care Directives, as the above quote illustrates. A person, not a patient, can fill out the advance directive; and the person doesn’t have to be in a terminal condition. The Natural Death Act was used when the situation would arise; the A.D. specifies by legal document what to do if the situation arose; in a type of “insurance” for future possible medical issues.

Current situation of N.D.A.s

In 1986 thirty six states had Natural Death Acts, in 2000 most all states.

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