Advance Directives

Monday, January 04, 2016

An advance directive tells your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions. Dr. Edward Hill discusses advance directives in todays 60 Second Housecall

Dr. Hill:

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on.

When you are admitted to the hospital, the staff will ask you if you have an advance directive.

Advance directives include:

Living Willa legal document that describes the kind of life-sustaining treatments you would want if you were seriously or terminally ill.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Carea legal document that designates a specific person to make medical decisions for you if you become unable to do so, and

A Resuscitation Ordera specific order your physician writes on the chart at each hospitalization. This allows you to state up front whether you want specific treatments in the event your heart stops.

It is important to make these decisions ahead of time. This way, you can be assured your wishes are carried out.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.