SESSION TITLE: Fellow Case Report Poster - Palliative Care
SESSION TYPE: Affiliate Case Report Poster
PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
INTRODUCTION: Critical care physicians frequently engage in end of life discussions which are considered easier when a patient has an advance directive, a legal document addressing health care decisions and/or appointing a specific designated agent to perform such decisions if deemed incapacitated. In the intensive care unit (ICU),most patients are often incapable of making decisions and must rely on surrogate decision makers. Most states have implemented laws with hierarchy of surrogate decision makers. However, in an event when there is suspicion of acute toxic poisoning, no states except Texas, have legislations to assist physicians in making medical treatment decisions.