In the second part, you make the “Advance Directive” to the physician who may be treating you in the future. In essence, you initial the box which best speaks of your desire for life sustaining treatment under a particular set of circumstances. Generally, if I arrive at the hospital unconscious, am examined by the physician, and a determination is made that my condition, is terminal, that I am not likely to recover from my condition and that, in the determination of the physicians, my life will end in a short period of time, then my Directive tells the medical staff how I want things to go. The typical form allows for a “keep me comfortable” option and a “keep me going” option. Thus, when you complete your Directive, you are advising future health care providers how you want things to go. You are not leaving this crucial decision to the health care agent, your spouse or your children.
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