LIVING WILL

Living Will

A document that lists one’s wishes for treatments to which he or she does not want to be submitted at the end of life.

Clinical Condition

  • Diagnosis of incurable disease in final stage.
  • Lack of possibility of recovery after clinical evaluation made by the medical team.
  • Unconsciousness due to irreversible neurological or psychiatric disease, complicated by respiratory, renal or cardiac intercurrence.

Health Care I Wish / Do Not Wish to Receive

  • Cardiorespiratory resuscitation.
  • Invasive means of artificial support of vital functions – mechanical ventilation, hemodialysis, use of certain medications that aim to maintain vital functions in an artificial way.
  • Surgeries.
  • Hydration via intravenous drip, feeding via catheter – both of which only prolong the natural process of death with no improvement in the degenerative disease.
  • Interruption of procedures started at emergency due to lack of knowledge of my living will which are not remedial.
  • Palliative and comfort care.

Must it be Registered?

  • Yes. If the patient is hospitalized, the document must be placed in the medical record.
  • The Living Will may also be done during the patient’s hospitalization and will be a part of their medical record.
  • If you are writing your Living Will now, register it in a notary’s office, inform your family members and leave it where it is easy to be found, so that it can be used when you need it.

Who will ensure compliance with the patient’s wishes?

  • He or she may appoint a legal representative to ensure the fulfillment of his or her wishes.
  • The desire of the family should not overrun that of the patient, especially if the will is irrevocable.

We are preparing a guide so that you can better understand the Living Will.

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