That ‘Living Will’ You Signed? At The ER, It Could Be Open To Interpretation.

(By Judith Graham for Kaiser Health News)

“Don’t resuscitate this patient; he has a living will,” the nurse told Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy, handing her a document.

Williams-Murphy looked at the sheet bearing the signature of the unconscious 78-year-old man, who’d been rushed from a nursing home to the emergency room. “Do everything possible,” it read, with a check approving cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Continue reading article here…

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