ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

When a doctor requests emergency contact information, emergency room patients often assume they’re being asked for the person they’d like to make medical decisions for them, a new study indicates.

But, that’s a role that must be designated in a legal document called an advance directive.

 Ninety-five percent of patients treated in the emergency room mistakenly believed their emergency contact is the person designated to make medical decisions about end-of-life care, according to the study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
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