An advance directive outlines what wishes your doctor must follow if you become unable to make your own medical decisions. When you're admitted to the hospital usually the staff will ask you if you have an advance directive, or you can hand your doctor and hospital staff a copy yourself if they don't ask.
An ideal advance directive would be to describe the kind of treatment
you would want depending on how sick you are at the time. Also, an
advance directive is made to describe what to do if you have an illness
that you most likely have no chance to recover from, or if your in a
coma what kind of care you wish. The most important thing on an advance
directive is what you don't want your doctor to do otherwise a doctor
will usually do everything in his power he feels is necessary. However
it works both ways, you can demand certain treatments no matter how ill
The laws and forms on advance directives are usually different for every
state, its important you get your state's specific form that conforms
to your state's laws.
The good thing about an advance directive is that you don't stress out
your family and loved ones by putting the burden of making medical
decisions for you. If your 18 years or over you can prepare an advance
A do not resuscitate order is like an advance directive but very
specific. A do not resuscitate order is made for you to request if you
want cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Usually if you don't fill this
form out the whole hospital staff is trained in CPR and also trained to
revive you using CPR if your heart stops or you stop breathing. Do not
resuscitate orders are accepted in all states.
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