JOSEPHS HOSPITAL Patient
towards a healthy community
Advance Directive is a document that allows you to express your wishes
regarding medical care and the extent of care desired in the event you become
unable to speak for yourself. There are two types of Advance Directives legally
recognized in Pennsylvania:
Living Will is a document signed by you indicating what your treatment choices
would be if you became terminally ill and unable to express your own wishes or
are in an irreversible coma. It is a guide for those providing medical care to
you. You may also appoint a proxy to assist in making decisions for you.
Durable Medical Power of Attorney
Medical Power of Attorney is a legal document that identifies another person
who may legally act on your behalf when you can no longer make medical
decisions. This agent whom you select would be able to make healthcare
decisions and give consent for you if and when you are unable to make such
ST. JOSEPHS HOSPITAL POLICIES RELATED TO ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Policy
Josephs Hospital is committed to preservation of life and easing of suffering
while supporting patient and family rights. Every patient admitted to the
hospital will receive total life support.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR may be withheld if a DNR order is
written by a physician as determined to be appropriate by the physician and you
and/or your family. A DNR order can be revoked at any time.