Hospital Admissions (cont.)
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Do not resuscitate (DNR) and health care proxy (medical power of attorney): At some time, you or a loved one may become severely ill, with little or no chance of recovery, or your quality of life will be severely affected if you do survive. Although you have rights (listed above), you are responsible for having an advance directive. Without any directive, your family members or others will have to make decisions about your care if you are unable to communicate your wishes. You should be aware of three types of directives that may help you and your family in this situation if you plan ahead. They are as follows:
Living will: This is a statement, in document form, made by you, that dictates your will regarding your medical care if you become incapacitated with a life-threatening illness. The living will or advance directive clearly explains your wishes and whether you want the doctor to withhold certain types of care if your condition worsens.
Medical power of attorney (health care proxy): With this document you appoint someone to make decisions regarding your medical care if you become unable to make decisions yourself. Make sure the person understands your wishes when you give them this power.
Do not resuscitate (DNR): The DNR order dictates which procedures you do not want to have carried out on you should you become gravely ill. The basic DNR deals with the following:
Many hospitals give a copy of advance directives to you when you are admitted, along with a copy of the patient bill of rights. Ask for both if you don't receive them. Federal law guarantees these rights.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015
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