Patient’s Consent to Resuscitative Measures
Not a Revocation of Advance Directives or
Medical Power of Attorney
All patients have the right to participate in their own health care decisions and to make advance directives or to execute powers of attorney that authorize others to make decisions on their behalf based on the patient’s expressed wishes when the patient is unable to make decisions or unable to communicate decisions. Midland Surgical Center respects and upholds those rights.
However, unlike an acute care hospital setting, the surgical center does not routinely perform “high risk” procedures. The majority of procedures performed in this facility are considered to be minimal risk. Of course, no surgery is without risk. You will discuss the specifics of your procedure with your surgeon who can answer your questions as to the risks involved, your expected recovery, and care after your surgery.
Therefore, it is our policy, regardless of the contents of any advance directive or instructions for a health care surrogate or attorney in fact, that if an adverse event occurs during your treatment at the surgical center, we will initiate resuscitative or other stabilizing measures and transfer you to an acute care hospital for further evaluation. At the acute care hospital, further treatment or withdrawal of treatment measures already begun will be ordered in accordance with your wishes, Advance Directive, or Health Care Power of Attorney. Your agreement with the policy by your signature does not revoke or invalidate any current health care directive or health care power of attorney. You are welcome to bring a copy of your directive to be placed on your chart in the event of a transfer to another facility. State forms for Advance Directives are available at the surgical center.
If you do not agree with this policy, we are pleased to assist you in rescheduling your procedure