US News – How to Ensure Your Medical Wishes Are Followed if You’re Critically Ill and Incapacitated

By Ruben Castaneda Source: U.S. News It happens every day in the intensive care units of hospitals throughout the country: Physicians ask the loved ones of someone kept alive by a ventilator and other medical devices whether the patient would want to live hooked up to machines. Or, would the patient prefer to forgo extreme life-prolonging measures for palliative care, in [...]

2018-01-02T19:44:56+00:00May 15th, 2017|

Advance Directive Lets Loved Ones Know Final Medical Wishes

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: San Francisco Chronicle Writing an advance directive is often considered step one for people who want to have a voice in the medical decisions made at the end of their lives, even if they are no longer able to communicate. I am a palliative care physician who preaches about the importance of completing [...]

2017-10-23T21:57:16+00:00December 17th, 2013|