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Patient Self-Determination Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Patient Self-Determination Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The requirements of the PSDA are as follows:
  • Patients are given written notice upon admission to the health care facility of their decision-making rights, and policies regarding advance health care directives in their state and in the institution to which they have been admitted. Patient rights include:
  1. The right to facilitate their own health care decisions
  2. The right to accept or refuse medical treatment
  3. The right to make an advance health care directive
  • Facilities must inquire as to the whether the patient already has an advance health care directive, and make note of this in their medical records.
  • Facilities must provide education to their staff and affiliates about advance health care directives.
  • Health care providers are not allowed to discriminately admit or treat patients based on whether or not they have an advance health care directive.

[edit] Purpose

The purpose of the Patient Self-Determination Act was to inform patients of their rights regarding decisions toward their own medical care, and ensure that these rights are communicated by the health care provider. Specifically, the rights ensured are those of the patient to dictate their future care (by means such as living will or power of attorney), should they become incapacitated.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Health Care Advance Directives - What is the Patient Self-Determination Act?. American Bar Association.
  2. ^ What is the Patient Self-Determination Act?. Legal HelpMate.
  3. ^ Advance Care Planning in Health Care Reform Legislation. National Hospice and Paliative Care Organization.
  4. ^ Robert Pear (December 25, 2010). "Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Robert Pear (January 4, 2011). "U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning". The New York Times.

[edit] Further reading

  • Yates JL, Glick HR (1997). "The failed Patient Self-Determination Act and policy alternatives for the right to die". J Aging Soc Policy 9 (4): 29–50. PMID 10186890.
  • Leahman D (2004). "Why the Patient Self-Determination Act has failed". N C Med J 65 (4): 249–51. PMID 15481498.

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Avoiding the Urinary Tract Infection | Alzheimer's Reading Room By Carole B. Larkin

Avoiding the Urinary Tract Infection | Alzheimer's Reading Room: Here are a few tips/tricks that may help you avoid the dreaded UTI -- Urinary Tract Infection.

By Carole B. Larkin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

First, I am not a doctor, nor am I a nurse. I am an experienced Geriatric Care Manager and a woman. Over the years, I had more conversations with urologists and their nurses about urinary tract infections (UTIs) than I care to remember.

The biggest cause of UTI’s is dehydration! It’s ironic, because the thought process of many older adults is,

“if I don’t drink much, then I won’t have to go to the bathroom very often, which is better because it’s a pain in the butt (sorry again!) to get up, get over to the bathroom, partially disrobe, and then go to the bathroom and then do it all in reverse, before I get to relax in my chair or bed again.”
So they don’t drink fluids, which of course leads to dehydration, the leading cause of UTI’s and incontinence (at least in early and midstage Alzheimer’s.) So to prevent UTI’s you must be persistent in having mom drink fluids. Water is best, but among one of the hardest things to get some people to drink, so flavor it with Kool-Aid or something similar. I can’t tell you how many times my clients have ended up with UTI’s just because no one insisted that they drink!