An Advance Medical Directive could be a living will or a medical power of attorney. Either document allows you to give directions about your future medical care. It is your right to accept or refuse medical care. Advance directives can protect this right if you ever become mentally or physically unable to choose or communicate your wishes due to an injury or illness. For more information regarding Advanced Medical Directives, please contact Jeremy Roy at 830.401.7567.
Note: Out of Hospital DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)
An Out of Hospital DNR is NOT an Advance Directive. It is an actual order from your physician. It directs that you not be resuscitated out of the hospital regardless of the condition of your health. These orders are usually reserved for individuals who are terminally or irreversibly ill and possibly receiving Hospice Care. This form when presented to any Emergency Medical Personnel will stop them from providing any treatment (i.e. CPR, defibrillation, artificial ventilation) that would restore any cardiac or respiratory function.
Advance Directives help:
Someone you know may be unable to communicate due to:
When there is little or no chance of recovery, Advance Directives may enable patients to make their feelings known about:
When creating advance directives, consider what is important to you.
Do any of the following statements express how you think you would feelif you were near death?
It’s important for me to:
What if I change my mind after I fill out my advance directives?
If you are a competent adult, you can always change or cancel your advance directives. In some cases, you may even cancel them verbally.
My relative has valid advance directives – can I prevent them from taking effect?
Generally no, unless you can prove that the relative was not thinking clearly when he or she created them.
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