As one of our patients, you have the right to obtain information regarding Advance Directives. Our interdisciplinary team is available to assist you in this endeavor.
As you access our outpatient, ambulatory surgery and inpatient admission sites, HSS staff will provide information to all adults who receive medical care detailing their rights to make decisions about their medical treatment.
What are Advance Directives?
Advance Directives are documents you create to describe the extent of medical treatment you want to receive---or do not want to receive---should you become unconscious or too ill to communicate. They are called "Advance Directives," because you give instructions "in advance" of the time when you might need someone to follow your wishes if/when you are unable to express them.
Although the topic may be difficult to discuss, it is important for you to record your wishes and preferences. We recommend that you discuss advance directives with your spouse, other family members, physicians, nurses, and clerics while you are feeling well and thinking clearly. Advance Directives include: