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Advance Directive, Advanced Directive

  • Definition
  1. Documents patient's healthcare preferences
  2. Determined while patient cognitively intact
  3. Implementation varies by state
  • Approach
  • Mnemonic - CODE
  1. Communicate who discussion was held with
  2. Orders are summarized in documentation
  3. Decision maker (proxy or power of attorney) determined
  4. Extra Instructions (Living Will, health care directive)