Amy Griboff, an attorney with McMillan Metro whose expertise includes Elder Law and Estate Planning and Administration, recently co-authored an article in the NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) News Journal. The article, co-authored with Dr. Ferdinando L. Mirarchi who practices emergency medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, discusses difficulties in counseling elderly patients about how to respond to questions about CPR and other life-saving health treatments when entering health care facilities.
The article discusses the fact that many healthcare facilities give questionnaires to patients that often require “yes” or “no” answers, including when it comes to CPR and other life-saving medical techniques and treatments. The reality, however, when it comes to individual patient health circumstances sometimes requires something other than a “yes” or “no” response. The authors point out that recent studies have shown that CPR has a relatively low success rate in hospitals and is not always recommended for patients, but it is entirely appropriate for others.
Ms. Griboff and Dr. Mirarchi emphasize that patients, their relatives, and doctors should have objective information about the potential outcomes of any given scenario related to life-saving treatments given in order to make the best decision possible. Read the full article to read more about advice for advising patients on responding to medical questionnaires. Learn more about how Amy Griboff can help you navigate the challenges of elder care.