Advanced Directives-DNR Requests,Living Will, Health Care Proxy
This facility does not honor any Do Not Resuscitate orders or
Living Will options.
The term 'Advanced Directives' encompasses the four different
A Health Care Proxy allows the patient to appoint a
healthcare agent - that is, someone they trust to make health
care decisions for them if they are unable to make decisions
for themselves; there are restrictions regarding
relationships between the health care proxy and the patient.
A Living Will allows the patient to leave written
instructions that explain their health care wishes,
especially about end-of-life care.
A Living Will together with a Health Care Proxy lets the
patient state their health care wishes and name a health care
A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) only lets the patient
express their wish to do without cardiopulmonary
Should a patient inform the organization that they have an
Advanced Directive; Health Care Proxy, DNR or a Living Will,
the patients are then informed that should an emergency
situation arise the patient will be treated with life saving
measures and then transferred to a facility that will honor
their Advanced Directive options.
Patients having or presenting Health Care Proxy information,
DNRs, Living Wills, will have such documentation kept on
file. Should the situation arise and the patient is
transferred to the hospital due to an emergent situation,
this documentation will go with the patient and the receiving
facility will be informed of this documentation.
Anyone wishing information on Advanced Directives of any type
should be provided with the information and forms which can
be downloaded from the Department of Health Website. Should a
patient wish to sign a Health Care Proxy form, they may do so
at that time; however the patient should again be advised of
the organization's policy on Advanced Directives.
This organization provides the patient or as appropriate the
patient's representative in advance of the date of the
procedure, with information concerning its policies on
advance directives, including a description of applicable
State health and safety laws and if requested official State
advance directive forms. The patient or as appropriate the
patient's representative is informed of the patient's right
to make informed decisions regarding the patient's care.
The organization then documents in a prominent part of the
patient's current medical record whether or not the
individual has executed an advance directive.
Approved By Governing Board