Year: 1994 Source: The Journal of Clinical Ethics, v.5, no.4, (Winter 1994), p.320-323 SIEC No: 19950372

The case of a 55-year-old female with severe asthma, psychiatric disorders & a history of suicide attempts is presented. An advance directive stated that the patient did not want intubation. However, when not depressed the patient told her physician that she wanted short-term intubation if it could return her to her normal state. After a severe attack, the woman was not intubated – following her directive, & she died. It is suggested that these patients need help to complete their directives.