Important Health Care Decisions
An Advance Directives handout provides information about your rights to
accept or refuse medical treatment under Colorado law. Advance Directives
are written instructions that are used if you become unable to think clearly
or speak for yourself. They are written ahead of the time for when you
might need them. You are not required to have an advance directive in
order to receive care and treatment. Longmont United Hospital will honor
your Advance Directive wishes. The following kinds of advance directives
are recognized in Colorado: the Living Will, the Medical Power of Attorney,
the “CPR” Directive, and Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment
(MOST). These documents do not take away your right to decide what you
want while you are able to do so. These documents provide a written record
of your expressed wishes.
If you have any questions regarding Advance Directives during your hospital
stay please ask your nurse to contact the Social Work Department. For
more information regarding Advance Directives please visit the following website:
What is a Living Will?
A Living Will is a document that tells your doctor what to do about artificial
life support measures if you have an injury, disease, or illness that
is not curable or reversible and is terminal. Your Living Will directs
your doctors to continue or discontinue, as you direct, life-sustaining
procedures, artificial nutrition, and artificial hydration.
What is a Medical Power of Attorney?
The Medical Power of Attorney is a document you sign to appoint someone
to make your health care decisions for you. The person you name is called
your “agent.” Your agent is supposed to act according to your
wishes and values.
What is a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Directive?
If you have a CPR directive and your heart and/or lungs stop, then paramedics,
doctors, emergency personnel or others will not try to press on your chest
or use breathing tubes, electric shock or other things to get your heart/lungs
What is a Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) Form?
The MOST form gets all a person’s key choices for life-sustaining
treatments in one place. It includes CPR, general scope of treatment,
antibiotics, artificial nutrition and hydration. This is a portable physician
What are the Five Wishes?
The Five Wishes is a booklet that deals with personal, emotional and spiritual
needs as well as your health care wishes. It helps you to choose the person
you want to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make
them yourself. Substitute Decision Makers (Medical Proxies).
Under Colorado law, family members and close friends have the right to
select a substitute decision maker (proxy) for a patient who doesn’t
have an advance directive. The patient’s spouse, parent, adult child,
grandchild, brother/sister, or close friend may be chosen as the proxy
by mutual agreement. A proxy can handle decisions about medical care and
must act in the best interest of the patient.
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