SESSION TITLE: Palliative Care and End of Life
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Slide
PRESENTED ON: Monday, October 24, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Approximately 40% of medical inpatients and up to 95% of intensive care unit patients rely upon proxy decision makers. Each state has unique legislation governing decisions made for patients who do not have a durable power of attorney for healthcare or legal guardian. This introduces variability in the appointment and responsibilities of so-called “default surrogates.” Because patients often cross borders to obtain care, this heterogeneity hampers national discussion on the complex decisions surrounding end-of-life care. This systematic examination of legislative variation examines nationwide statutes governing surrogates.