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Advance directive and medical power of attorney are often missing

20:00 EDT 3 Jul 2017 | AAAS

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) For most patients in intensive care, the patient records contain neither an advance directive nor a medical power of attorney. This is the finding of a survey of 998 intensive care patients at a university hospital, reported on by Geraldine de Heer and coauthors in the current issue of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2017; 114: 363-70).

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