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Medicolegal and Ethics Durable Power of Attorney

What prevails in an end of life situation? The durable power of attorney (the health attorney appointed by the patient), or the patient´s last living will/directions?

example:
The durable power of attorney decides to end life support of the coma patient. But the son says that the the patient mentioned that he be kept on life support and to have any mean necessary to keep him alive.

I watched some kaplan videos (2011 i think so maybe a little outdated) and it said that the health attorney has the on spot decision making, unless it goes against the patient´s living will in end life situations.

Today I did a Qmax question where the answer was to respect the attorney´s decision always, and supersedes even the patient´s living will.

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These bioethics questions are my waterloo. Even though I think i´ve studied bioethics, I keep getting <70% in simulations and borderline performance in the NBME´s
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Ethics questions are hard but there is a good book Kaplan Medical USMLE Medical Ethics: The 100 Cases You are Most Likely to See on the Test.

It's a good idea to read it before your exam.
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