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older male Veteran  Would CPR Be Right for Me? (4:51)

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a life-sustaining treatment that is used when the heart and breathing stop. This podcast looks at risks, benefits, and trade-offs of CPR.


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Setting Health Care Goals: A Guide for People with Health Problems – Handout for patients and surrogates that explains the nature and purpose of goals of care conversations.

Information for Patients and Families About CPR - four-page printable handout on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Information for Patients and Families About Mechanical Ventilation - four-page printable handout on mechanical ventilation.

Dialed In Podcast: Mechanical Ventilation — An Option for Breathing Problems (6:05) - Risks, benefits, and trade-offs of mechanical ventilation, a life-sustaining treatment that might be offered if you have a serious breathing problem, or can’t breathe without help.

VA Advance Directive Form - VA's official document for writing down your preferences for future health care in the event that you are unable to communicate those decisions for yourself.

VA Form 10-0137A: What You Should Know About Advance Directives - This explains your rights related to advance directives and provides information about advance directives and why you would use one.