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Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Advanced Medical Directives

Posted on September 13, 2023 in Estate Planning and Probate

TX estate lawyerIn medical emergencies, people have the right to make decisions about the type of care they receive, including whether they wish to be resuscitated. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and advanced medical directives in Texas are legal documents that allow individuals to express their preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments. If you are interested in creating an advanced medical directive in your estate plan and you live in Texas, contact a lawyer to begin the process today. 

What to Know About Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders 

DNR orders are medical directives that instruct healthcare professionals not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. DNR orders are typically issued for individuals or those who are approaching the end of life. Discussing your wishes with your healthcare provider, who can assist in documenting and implementing the DNR order according to your state’s regulations, is crucial.

What to Know About Advanced Medical Directives (AMDs)

AMDs are legal documents that allow individuals to express their healthcare preferences in various situations, including end-of-life care. AMDs typically include a Durable Power of Attorney for healthcare and a living will. A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare designates a trusted person to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. A living will outlines your specific treatment preferences, including the use of life-sustaining treatments like CPR, artificial nutrition, or ventilators. 

Importance of Documentation and Communication 

Proper documentation and communication of your wishes regarding resuscitation and end-of-life care are critical. Discuss your preferences with your loved ones, healthcare providers, and the designated decision-maker identified in your AMD. This ensures that everyone is aware of your wishes and can advocate for them if necessary. Keep a copy of your AMD in a readily accessible location and provide copies to your healthcare providers, ensuring that your wishes are known and honored. 

Regular Review and Updates

It is important to regularly review and update your DNR order and AMD to reflect any changes in your health status or treatment preferences. Regularly communicating with your healthcare provider and designated decision-maker helps ensure that your wishes are up-to-date and aligned with your current healthcare needs. 

Contact a San Antonio Estate Planning Lawyer 

Ultimately, DNRs and AMDs are powerful tools for individuals to express their healthcare preferences, including resuscitation and end-of-life care decisions. By understanding the significance of these documents, documenting your wishes, and regularly reviewing and updating them when necessary, you can ensure your healthcare choices are known and respected. Contact a skilled Comal County estate planning attorney with Geoff Mayfield, Attorney at Law. Call 210-535-0870 for a free consultation. 

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