Aug 3, 2014
The Patient Self Determination Act required consumers to be provided with informed consent, information about their right to make advance health care decisions and information about state laws that impact legal choices in making health care decisions. (Green/Bowie) A Do not resuscitate (DNR) gives permission to hospital staff and any other medical personnel the legal right to not pursue medical treatment if the patient needs assistance to live. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care names a person (of your choice) responsible for making decisions over a patient’s medical needs and necessities. This person is normally a family member with whom the patient trust to make the right decisions regarding any health care practice. Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust to make health care decisions for you in the event the person you appointed as Durable Power of Attorney is unable to. A Living Will details the type of care you do and don’t want if you become incapacitated. This type of document does not affect any other documents involved in the event of your death. Organ and/or Tissue Donation allows the patient to allow his/her body to be used for donation to another patient in need, in the event of death. This document is normal on a driver’s license and signed on a form at local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). When it comes to procedures involving medical records management, I believe they had to thoroughly check and verify that the documents are in fact truthful, authentic, recorded with notary, and all standards are in place. The patient’s privacy must be protected even after they have departed life, only medical staff and the patients’ legal representative have rights to any and all documents about the patient. It is vital that the entire hospital and staff abide by all standards set forth regardless of personal feelings and/or disagree with procedures....
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