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Life Support (Treatment Choices)Mantener la vida: Opciones de tratamiento

Life Support

Couple with doctorIf you understand how specific treatments may affect your quality of life, you can decide which ones you'd choose or refuse. You may want to talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and risks of treatments. Medical treatment, if your life is in danger, falls into three main categories.

Life Supporting

  • This care keeps your heart and lungs going when they can no longer work on their own.

  • CPR restarts your heart and lungs if they stop working.

  • A respirator keeps you breathing. Air is pumped into your lungs through a tube that's put into your windpipe.

Life Sustaining

  • This care keeps you alive longer when you have an illness that can't be cured.

  • Tube feeding or TPN (total parenteral nutrition) provides food and fluids through a tube or IV. It is given if you can't chew or swallow on your own.

  • A kidney machine cleans your blood when your kidneys can no longer work on their own.

Life Enhancing

  • This care controls pain. Nothing is done to keep you alive longer.

  • Hospice care is comfort care. It might provide food and fluids by mouth or help with bathing. Hospice care is given during the last stages of a¬†terminal illness.

  • Strong pain medicine can be given to help keep you comfortable.

Do Not Resuscitate

Would you want CPR if your heart stops while you're a patient in a hospital or nursing home? If not, talk to your doctor about issuing a DNR (Do-Not-Resuscitate) order.

Be Aware

DNRs and advance directives may not apply during anesthesia, in emergency rooms, or when emergency medical teams respond to a 911 call. Ask your doctor how you can make sure your wishes will be followed. Also, a DNR will not prevent you from getting other kinds of needed medical care such as treatment for pain, or bleeding.


Publication Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

Publication Source: Family Caregiver Alliance

Publication Source: Family Caregiver Alliance

Online Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

Online Source: Family Caregiver Alliance

Online Source: Family Caregiver Alliance

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2007-11-14T00:00:00-07:00


Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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