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Advance Directives

Data Element

Information from the submission form

Living Will
In a living will, a person specifies whether he or she wants (or does not want) “life-sustaining treatments” (e.g., artificial nutrition or hydration, dialysis or the use of a ventilator to help with breathing), external cardiac compression (CPR), the application of an electric current to the heart (defibrillation), or the use of a tube placed into the windpipe through the mouth or nose to help the person breathe, should that person suffer a medical emergency and be unable to communicate with the care team. A living will includes information that helps the healthcare agent make treatment decisions on the person’s behalf, and is used by medical professionals to inform their treatment plans.


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