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Respect living wills

By August 11, 2015January 11th, 2024No Comments

I arrived at an aged care facility recently to find a fire truck, 2 Mobile Intensive Care Unit Ambulances (MICA), a paramedic motorcycle and an ordinary ambulance.

The flashing lights heralded the death of a 94-year-old resident. The nurse in charge had dialled 000 despite explicit written instructions that the resident not be resuscitated.

Residents of aged care facilities are encouraged to make living wills. These advance directives allow residents and their families to state their wishes for end-of-life medical care.

These living wills are meaningless unless health care professionals respect our wishes.

First published as a Letter to The Age on 11 August 2015

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