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Asked on: 3/01/10, 9:11 am

1. Does some type of consent (for vent or DNR) need to be signed before a patient receives surgery? I do not know is the patient had a living will or advanced directives.

2. Should the hospital call the family after an emergency of cardiac arrest? Or is it okay for them to let a friend call the family?

3. Can a doctor refuse to transfer a patient upon the family's request? The patient was stable.

4. Is it the responsibility of the family to call a hospital to get a transfer or the attending doctor taking care of the patient?

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