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Stanford Scope Blog, 01/11/2021

-- Hospitals' DNR orders are increasingly complex and varied

Since the mid-1970s, U.S. hospitals have empowered dying patients to decide for themselves what level of treatment they would want if their heart stopped. But medical advances in the past four decades have made this choice increasingly complicated; a recent study from SCBE researchers, including Jason Batten, Jacob Blythe, Sarah Wieten, Stephanie Harman, David Magnus and others, found that, in the face of these complexities, hospitals have taken markedly different approaches to designing DNR orders, which could result in variabilities in end-of-life care.

KevinMD.com, 01/10/2021

-- Democracy and the health of a nation

This piece, written by Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and director of the Stanford Medicine & the Muse program, reflects on health and diversity after the January 6 events at the U.S. Capitol.

Stanford Scope Blog, 01/04/2021

-- Based on genes, nearly everyone is likely to have an atypical response to at least one drug

Every drug, from morphine to ibuprofen, has a standard dose -- a sort of one-size-fits all recommendation. But a new study suggests that when it comes to drug doses, "one size fits all" rarely applies. Work by Russ Altman and team, professor of bioengineering, is featured.

 

Advanced Health Care Directive

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

The sample form is above for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

Select "Centers, Institutes and More," then "Other Designation (specify below)" then type in "Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics."

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