ACLS (advanced cardiac life support)

An advanced form of CPR using both mechanical and pharmaceutical interventions.

acute health condition

A disease or state of being for which there is a good chance of full recovery; usually an illness or condition of short duration.


The individual or financial institution appointed to oversee the estate of a person dying without a valid will or if no executor or personal representative is named. Also referred to as an administratrix.

advance directive

A document that combines both the Living Will directives and Health Care Proxy selection into a single document.


Individual or individuals named to make your financial and business decisions under a Power of Attorney. Also called an attorney-in-fact ...

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