What’s in a word? When it comes to making specific plans for your end-of-life health care decisions, a word can make all the difference. And when it comes to health care directives, the words you choose can be a matter of life and death.
A recent post over at The New Old Age Blog in “DNR by Another Name” illustrates the importance in the choice of one word or another.
Consider this: how a doctor describes a medical choice can lead a caregiver or patient in one direction or the other. For example,the term “DNR” or “Do Not Resuscitate” is a medical term of art. However, it can mean essentially the same thing as “please allow for a natural death” depending upon the medical situation, the decisions of the patient, and even (or often exclusively) the doctor’s own discretion or choice of words.
Never assume anything when it comes planning for end-of-life medical care. Make sure the patient, their appointed health care agent and the physician are all speaking the same language.
Reference: The New Old Age Blog – The New York Times (May 22, 2013) “DNR by Another Name”