The Patient Self-Determination Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1990, requires health care facilities to provide information on "advance directives" to their patients upon admission. An advance directive states an individual's treatment choices.
It also allows you to name someone to make treatment decisions - to accept or refuse medial care - for you if at some point you cannot make them yourself, and the decision to make, after a person's death, an anatomical gift. This type of advance directive is often called a medical power of attorney, a durable power of attorney or a health care proxy. The person named in this type of advance directive can make all health care decisions for you that you could have made for yourself if you were able, whether or not you are terminally ill, or only those decisions you list.
According to the law, the person you choose cannot make decisions that he/she knows go against your religious beliefs, basic values, and stated preferences. These documents are signed, dated and witnessed by two individuals and may be completed any time prior to or during hospitalization.
Upon your admission to Bayfront Health Dade City, you will be asked if you have an advanced directive. If you do not, you will be offered information on your rights to make advance decisions regarding your medical care. You do not have to make an advance directive. The decision is yours to make.
If you do have an advance directive, it is important that we obtain a copy for your medical record. If you do not have a copy of your advance directive with you, you will be asked to advise your physician and nurse of the content in your document.
At no time will the provision of care be conditioned upon the existence of an advance directive nor will a patient be discriminated against because of the existence of an advance directive.