National Healthcare Decisions Day at NVRH

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NationalHealthcareDecisionsDayST. JOHNSBURY- Tuesday April 16th was National Healthcare Decisions Day and all across the State of Vermont, hospitals participated in spreading awareness about Advanced Healthcare planning.

NVRH was one of those to do so. They had an informational booth and assistance in filling out advanced directive forms which was open to the public. Advanced healthcare planning, is a step that healthcare professionals urge people to take. It is an uncomfortable topic to cover, but it is something that everyone faces at one point or another in their life.

 The cliche goes, "only two things are guaranteed in life, death and taxes," that is what prompted this event. Tax day is April 15th, and the 16th is National Healthcare Decisions day. "These conversations should be held around the dinner table and not while you're in the ICU" said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Rousse.

If the patient is unconscious, and hasn't made decisions about what they want, that often times is passed to a relative. However, the decision that person may choose to make might not be the one the patient would have wanted. Dr. Rousse explained that "Family members and the patient are at a loss to be able to make thoughtful decisions about which way they would like to go as far as their healthcare decisions."  

They recommend that anyone over the age of 18 should fill out the advanced directive form and revisit them every five years.