Millions of people now have advanced medical directives, which can cause conflicts and problems for health care workers, according to The New York Times in "The Patients Were Saved, That's Why the Families Are Suing."
The problems start when the patients' advanced directives are not followed correctly.
Health care workers, who are either unaware of the directives, or uncertain about them, have been known to resuscitate patients who do not wish to be. Such actions have led some families to sue for saving the lives of their sick relatives, which is an unusual position for doctors to be in (the majority of suits normally come when doctors fail to save patients).
This leaves many doctors bewildered, since the Hippocratic Oath does not suggest that saving a patient's life is ever inappropriate. However, Americans deserve to have their advanced medical directives respected and followed.
Reference: New York Times (April 10, 2017) "The Patients Were Saved, That's Why the Families Are Suing."