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As emergency physicians, we stand at the frontlines of managing the acute patient. When an unresponsive patient is rushed into the emergency department (ED) and the family demands immediate attention, there is always the question of instituting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In situations like these, an advance directive—a legal document in which a person outlines his or her end-of-life care—can be helpful.1 Providing life-sustaining treatment was one of the ethical challenges …
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