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Mechanical Ventilation  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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Resources:

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.

Your Rights Regarding Advance Directives - one-page fact sheet explains your rights related to advance directives.

What You Should Know About Advance Directives - one-page fact sheet provides information about advance directives and why you would use one.