National Center for Ethics in Health Care
Dialed In: Helping Veterans Take Control of Their Health Care
Mechanical Ventilation — An Option for Breathing Problems (6:05)
Mechanical ventilation is a life-sustaining treatment that might be offered if you have a serious breathing problem, or can’t breathe without help. It's your choice. This podcast looks at risks, benefits, and trade-offs of this treatment.
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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 Mechanical Ventilation - four-page printable handout on mechanical ventilation.
Information for Patients and Families About Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - four-page printable handout on CPR.
Dialed In Podcast: Would CPR Be Right for Me? (4:51) - Risks, benefits, and trade-offs of CPR, a life-sustaining treatment.
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.