advance care directives

You can get a free copy of an advance care directive at:

If you have medical insurance, your HMO will have a form you can fill out and put in your medical record. They might even recommend it just before you have surgery. And if you are anticipating surgery and it has been awhile since you filled one out, it could be worthwhile to look at it again and be sure what you wrote is still what you want.

When you complete such a living will you will want to:

name another individual as agent to make health care decisions for you

give specific instructions about any aspect of your health care, whether or not you appoint an agent

You can revoke the advance health care directive or replace it at any time.”

Decisions you can make include prolonging or not prolonging life, relief from pain, organ donation.

The European Resuscitation Council said:

“Hundreds of thousands of people are on organ transplantation waiting lists around the world because there is a critical shortage of organ donors. One organ donor can provide life-changing vital organs for ≥7 people on the waiting list in optimal conditions.”

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