Your Right to Make Decisions About Medical Treatment
As a patient, you have the right to accept or refuse recommended medical treatments and procedures. However, you may not always be able to speak for yourself. Advance Directives are documents that tell the hospital what you want while giving you the opportunity to identify the person or persons that you would like to speak for you should you be unable to do so. These directives are helpful to your family, physicians and the hospital. Most importantly, they tell the hospitals about your preferences and values. Furthermore, the hospital is obligated to follow your directives.
IN CASE YOU CANNOT SPEAK FOR YOURSELF: MAKING AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE
When you are admitted to the hospital, federal law requires the hospital to ask if you have a directive. If you do, the hospital must place it in your medical record. If you do not, you may complete one during your hospital stay. You can obtain a form from the chaplain in Spiritual Care or a social worker in Social Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Language and Sign Language Interpretation Service
Staff interpreters can be reached Monday - Friday during business hours at the following extensions or by notifying your attending nurse:
- Armenian ext. 5124
- Spanish ext. 3152
- Korean ext. 5130 or ext. 3322 (between 2:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
Medical interpretation over the phone in any language is available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. We also offer video interpretation services in Sign Language and Spanish 24 hours-a-day and in other languages during business hours Monday - Friday.
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