Advance Directives

Definition of Advance Directive — A general term that describes two kinds of legal documents, living wills and medical powers of attorney. These documents allow a person to give instructions about future medical care should he or she be unable to participate in medical decisions due to serious illness or incapacity. Each state regulates the use of advance directives differently.

Indiana has two legal documents that protect the patient’s right to refuse medical treatment that they do not want, or to request treatment that they do want in the event the patient loses the ability to make decisions for themselves.


In the event that a patient presents to the surgery center with an Advanced Directive/Living Will, the Medical Director or the ASC Director will be notified. The patient will be informed that the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders will not be honored during the perioperative visit. This conversation and patient’s understanding will be documented in the medical record.


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