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Euthanasia, cloning, abortion, gene therapy, organ donation, eugenics, blood transfusions, vaccinations, surrogation, end-of-life issues, and physician-assisted suicide are a few of the bioethical issues facing society in healthcare. These issues affect every healthcare profession. An example of bioethical issues that eventually affect all of us are those associated with the end-of-life. It is wise to consider the use of advanced directives before one may be necessary. An advanced directive is a legal document that outlines specific details as to how an individual desires to have their wishes carried out on his/her behalf if they are no longer able to communicate and/or have died.
For patients to be sure their expectations for end-of-life are carried out as they desire for their healthcare, it will be helpful for them to have a living will, documents for DNR (do not resuscitate) orders, and required forms for organ and tissue donation. For this assignment, create a summary paragraph discussing what each document is, the importance of each document, and reasons why each document might be used in healthcare. Also, discuss any ethical dilemmas that may be present if these documents are not created prior to a person’s incapacitation or death.
Create a 1-2 page summary providing details about each of the forms: living wills, DNR orders, and tissue and organ donation options.
Be sure to discuss the importance of each document with details of a description of each one, the importance of each one, and provide at least 1 reason with an example as to how these forms would be useful in healthcare.
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All sources must be cited using APA format.