I need more infor mation about advance directives within the Patient Self-Determination Act.How might a novice to health care confuse advance directives within the Patient Self-Determination Act...

I need more infor mation about advance directives within the Patient Self-Determination Act.

How might a novice to health care confuse advance directives within the Patient Self-Determination Act when distinguishing information as administrative or clinical when working with health records?

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The concept of advance directives has been around for at least twenty years. In short, advance directives are a series of questions that address the patients wishes were they to be afflicted by a life threatening illness or injury. This questionnaire becomes a part of the patients medical record. A few question types on a standard advance directive document include: In the event of cardiac arrest does the patient desire that CPR be administered? Does the patient desire advanced life support measures like intubation and mechanical ventilation? Does the patient desire advanced nutritional therapies like enteral feedings? It is always a good idea that patient wishes be discussed with family members.