A patient requires mechanical ventilation through a tracheostomy after a motor vehicle accident one year ago. The patient's DPOA asks the nurse if the ventilator can be removed. Which of the following responses by the nurse best explains the legal rights of the power of attorney?

"This is something you need to discuss with the health care provider, but legally, previous decisions can be changed."

Explanation

•Decisions about care made by the DPOA can be changed at any time. The health care provider should be notified so he or she can discuss this with the patient's DPOA.

•Incorrect: The other responses are not appropriate. The nurse should inform the DPOA of his or her legal rights and notify the health care provider.

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