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General Structure of a Medical Directive

All Medical Directives follow the same format and are comprised of the following sections:

Indications:

The general medical complaint or problem to which the Medical Directive applies.

Conditions:

Clinical parameters that must be present for a procedure to be performed or for a medication to be administered.

Contraindications:

Clinical parameters that if present, preclude the performance of a procedure or the administration of a medication.

Treatment:

Description of the type of procedure to be performed or the dosing of a medication.

Clinical Considerations:

Key clinical points that provide general guidance to the proper performance of a procedure or the administration of a medication.

All of these sections must be taken into account before and during the implementation of a Medical Directive.

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