Episode 176: What Would the Patient Want?

Transcript for EP #176: What Would the Patient Want?  What happens when a family member or friend is incapacitated and they’re counting on you to make a healthcare decision for them?  Do you take the doctor's advice for treatment?  Or do you push back, knowing the patient would never want the treatment the doctor is suggesting? In high pressure situations like this, the wisdom of someone like Viki Kind is invaluable. Viki is what's known as a clinical bioethicist. She helps families make good medical decisions and she counsels healthcare professionals on how to do right by their patients.  Viki gives examples of what went wrong in situations where the patient's wishes were not honored, and she offers practical advice for making decisions that are right for you.  Viki Kind is a professional speaker, a hospice volunteer and author of the award-winning book, "The Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can't."