Private Term : Written Case - Advance Health Directive

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Private Term: Written Case - Advance Health Directive Patients with severe illness can deteriorate, become physically or mentally impaired and be unable to make or communicate healthcare decisions. Modern healthcare can prolong life, but this may result in prolonged pain and suffering or reduced quality of life. Moreover, some patients, due to experience, religious views, cultural views or advice from family and friends, may want to deny some future treatments that they receive or request for others. In such situations, the Advance Health Directive (AHD) document can come into effect and be used by patients to express their healthcare directions.(1) An AHD is a legal document, which is a form of living will, in which a patient can…show more content…
He repeatedly told his wife that he felt dizzy and that he felt as though he was going to die, but was dismissed nonchalantly. At 1AM, he eventually called his doctor and drove himself to the hospital. He was lucky that the nurse was told that he was coming and saw him collapse outside the hospital. He was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and was unconscious for several days in the Townsville intensive care and coronary care units. He felt fortunate that the doctors were able to dissolve the blood clot without it breaking up and causing intracranial haemorrhage or other potentially catastrophic bleeding complications., He maintains that should he have ended up in a vegetative state, he would have preferred if his life support machines were turned off. He argued that patients had a right to self-determination and that the doctor’s role was to assist patients and not determine their fates. He also argued that if he had his way, he would “ask for a needle” or assisted suicide or for the doctor to turn off life-support machine, unless he could be resuscitated normally. He did not want to be hindrance to anyone. He supported his half-sister, who lived in Holland. She had requested and received euthanasia to end her battle with her terminal cancer. He argued that the right to death was tantamount to the right to life. Such unconventional views would not have permeated into his care, given that he had not completed an AHD. An AHD can bridge the gap
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