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Deciding About Resuscitation 

Do Not Resuscitate orders tell hospital staff not to perform potentially life-saving measures, such as CPR, if your heart and lungs stop working.

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An Agent's Role for Durable Power of Attorney 

Often it’s hard to know which medical treatment choices you might face. Would you rather let someone you trust decide for you? A durable power of attorney for health care lets you name an agent to carry out your wishes. This happens only if you can’t express your wishes yourself.

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Being a Healthcare Proxy 

A health care proxy is a person who represents a patient when the patient can’t speak for himself or herself.

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Stopping Life-Sustaining Treatments 

As your illness progresses, there may come a time when treatments no longer benefit you. Decisions must then be made whether to continue or stop these treatments.