Coronavirus Update: Ethics Considerations, Guidance and Resources.
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There may be times when you are called upon to make medical decisions for someone else. When you are making decisions for a person who is not able to make decisions for themselves, you are acting as a surrogate decision-maker.
The scope of authority for each type of decision maker varies, particularly for end-of-life and/or DNR/COLST decisions. To learn more, read Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: a Vermont Handbook.
These can be difficult conversations but it is a lot harder to make medical decisions for someone else if you do not have a sense of what it most important to them.
Print copies are also available by contacting the Vermont Ethics Network.