Ask the Doctor: Conversations to Have During the Holidays

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As the holiday season approaches, Mercy Dr. Barbara Bumberry sits down with KOLR10’s Lauren Barnas to discuss tough, but necessary conversations to have with loved ones while you’re together.

Legal documents that allow a person to let their wishes known regarding medical treatment when they can’t speak up for themselves are important.

  • Living Will – Lists what types of medical treatments an individual would/would not want in the event they cannot speak up for themselves.
  • Examples – CPR, ventilator, feeding tube, antibiotics.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care – Allows an individual to name someone to make decisions regarding his/her medical care in the event he/she becomes incapacitated. It is also wise to name an alternate agent.

These documents must be signed by a notary.

They can be scanned into an individual’s electronic medical chart.

They can be changed over time.

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