Grand View's Policies & Responsibilities
Related to Advance Health-Care Directives
Grand View Hospital has several policies in place to protect your rights to accept or refuse care. They involve issues related to efforts to support vital bodily functions, such as breathing, the beating of your heart, hydration and nutritional intake.
Another policy also involves the donation of organs or tissues. The Grand View Ethics Program is available to help families resolve any conflicts related to your care. Please talk to your nurse or physician if you would like more information.
Grand View Hospital and other health-care providers must provide necessary medical care to all individuals in their care. We are relieved of this duty only if we can show that the care goes against a person's wishes. An advance health-care directive is one way we can show that we are following your instructions.
Federal law requires Grand View and other hospitals to ask you upon admission whether you have a living will. We will document your answer in your medical record. If you have an advance health-care directive, please bring a copy with you. At Grand View, your advance health-care directive is viewed as a statement of your wishes and is used by your physicians in determining your treatment plan.
If you do not have an advance health-care directive and are interested in making one, we will provide you with the opportunity to speak with individuals who can help you, such as a case manager, nursing supervisor or chaplain. These individuals have examples of advance health-care directives. Examples may also be available through your doctor, your county bar association, your county Area Agency on Aging office or your local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons. The law requiring hospitals to ask patients about living wills applies to adult patients.
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