Making Critical Medical Decisions for Your Loved One

Scenario: Your loved one had been hospitalized urgently and is non-communicative. You are being asked to make critical medical decisions

What to expect in the emergency situation

    • In the event of a life threatening situation, ER staff are going to take necessary steps to stabilize a patient’s condition
    • The medical team will be looking for a primary family member or loved one to communicate with and help make decisions. In North Carolina, this is the Order of Priority for decision making in a hospital setting;
              1. Patient
              2. Individuals identified in legal documents (Healthcare Powers of Attorney)
              3. Family and Friends
              4. Doctors (Last Resort)

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