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Advance Medical Directives with Living Will

 An advance medical directive is a document required by most hospitals upon admission for surgery. The directive names a person or persons who can make “on the spot” medical decisions for the individual undergoing surgery while the procedure is occurring. It also allows for another person to review your medical records and receive medical information when you are too ill or advanced in age to do so yourself.

A living will is not a will at all, but rather an election that you do not wish to be kept alive on machines or undergo medical procedures if death is unavoidable and such machines or procedures would only prolong the dying process. It also allows for the discontinuation of such artificial life preservation if the brain is no longer functioning at a level to keep the body going without the machines and there is no hope of recovery.