You might express your wishes in general terms; such as “Do whatever is necessary for my comfort, but nothing further.” Or, “I authorize all measures be taken to prolong my life.” You might express desires about the use of specific medical interventions, such as a respirator, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), surgery, and blood transfusions. You could authorize experimental or nontraditional treatment. You should express your wishes concerning food and water administered through tubes.
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