Advance directives are commonly drafted to address end-of-life care and special circumstances involving catastrophic events that leave the patient incapacitated. As a result, the type of care addressed within such a document routinely pertains to heroic or other lifesaving means only. There is usually no prohibition on providing palliative care. If you were an emergency medical services chief officer, what do you think would be the main points to emphasize as you construct an advanced directives training outline? Why?


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