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As a patient of Warren General Hospital we want you to be involved in your care and treatment decision. You have the right under state and federal regulation to prepare “advance directives” which tell us the types of treatment you do or do not want should you become unable to communicate your wishes to us. It is important to discuss these issues with your physician, who needs to be aware of the type of care you would like to receive. Your advance directives are effective only if you become unable to communicate your wishes and your physician determines that your condition is irreversible. You can change your advance directives at any time, verbally or by completing a new form and destroying the old one.
You have the right to create advance medical directives, which are legal papers that allow you to decide now what you want to happen if you are no longer able to make your own decisions about your care. You have the right to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. You have the right to have hospital staff comply with these directives. You are not required to have an advance directive in order to receive care and treatment in this facility.
What are advance healthcare directives? There are two common types:
Where can I get forms to complete an advanced healthcare directive? Ask your physician, nurse, or social worker for the forms to make an advance healthcare directive.