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What does DPAHC stand for?

DPAHC stands for Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

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a bioethicist, recently stated that in the last few years the Mercy Health System in Philadelphia has been confronted with more and more "elderly and homeless persons who have no family or durable power of attorney for health care and have medical conditions that require mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition, and hydration by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (a procedure wherein a tube is introduced into the stomach), intravenous antibiotics, various medications, and other similar treatments.
A durable power of attorney for health care (which is also sometimes called a "health care proxy") empowers another person to make medical decisions about your care in the event you become unable to make these decisions for yourself.
This is particularly true for the durable power of attorney for health care because certain actions, such as requesting that artificial life support be terminated, must be explicitly stated in the power of attorney.