DPOA Case Study

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It was not long after I started my job at a long term acute care center that I had a patient who came for vent weaning to our facility. This patient was unresponsive for a while and her oldest child had the durable power of attorney (DPOA). By the time the patient came to us, she was able to communicate by mouth wording or using the alphabet board. She was alert and oriented sometimes, and confused other times. Her problems started with stroke and respiratory depression, but doctors found out that she had very progressed form of cancer and not much chance of survival as they were treating her for stroke. The problem was that DPOA still wanted the patient to be full code and would not listen to the health care members to consider her mother’s

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