Advance Directives Don't Apply During Surgery

It’s the morning of your surgery, and you have been a paragon of preparation. Your advance lab work is complete, you’ve fasted for 12 hours, you arrived 10 minutes ahead of schedule and are poised to sign the final paperwork before being directed to pre-op. You present the advance health-care directive you prepared months ago to the intake clerk, and begin to fill in the consent form.

But wait. One provision says that the hospital has opted “not to honor” advance directives. Can it do that? If so, what’s the point of being such a responsible person in the first place?

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