[ExI] resusitation

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 02:02:15 UTC 2020

On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 3:35 PM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Can't there be a form whereby we can legally defer our decision to a
> family member or friend, or just anyone we put on the list?   bill w

### This is called medical power of attorney - but having a POA is not
sufficient for the issue at hand. The decision to resuscitate or not must
be made immediately after the condition requiring resuscitation (cardiac
arrest, respiratory arrest) is discovered. Even 30 seconds makes a
measurable difference. There is no time to call around and ask your
sleep-addled spouse to make life-and-death decisions on the spur of the
moment. A DNR order or other form of ACP (advance care planning) must be
available on chart to allow immediate decisions - and in the common EMR
(electronic medical record) systems it is very prominently displayed, so
the treatment team can get the information in seconds.

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