PRINCETON, N.J. (PRWEB) March 31, 2020
Health care teams may soon have to make difficult decisions in the light of Covid-19. There may not be enough hospital beds and ventilators to meet the impending need.
The Your CarePlan video tool can help free needed capacity by recording and honoring the wishes of older patients. When asked, many older adults would choose far less aggressive care than is usually chosen for them. For example, once they learn how unlikely they are to survive CPR and artificial breathing, most older people will choose to forego these painful and ineffective procedures.
Intended for older people or people living in a nursing home, assisted living or senior housing facility, or a decision maker for such a person, Your CarePlan is now available for no cost. Your CarePlan is a New Jersey based company that is trusted by Penn Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas, Aetna and Capital Health System.
“I am a geriatric physician in New Jersey and like everyone during the Covid-19 crisis, I am troubled by the current shortage of resources and the health care rationing that is occurring in some parts of the world,” said Dr. David Barile, Your CarePlan Managing Partner and Medical Director.
Making a clear statement about preferences for end-of-life care is more important than ever. In just a few minutes, people can take care of themselves or their loved ones by watching the videos and answering the questions, paying special attention to the use of CPR and artificial breathing (intubation).
The user’s preferences will be printed on a New Jersey POLST form, and when signed by a physician, PA, or advanced practice nurse, becomes a medical order that must be obeyed by physicians and EMT’s. The POLST is important because Advanced Directives and Living Wills are not medical orders, and cannot be used in an emergency.
Please help the medical staffs offer heroic interventions to those who wish to have it, so they don’t burden those who wish to avoid it.