Patient-Focused Care in Henry County
Ohio Law recognizes three types of Advance Directives, two of which are
the living will and the durable power of attorney for healthcare. The
living will allows you to decide and document, in advance, the type of
care you would like to receive if you were to become permanently unconscious
or terminally ill and unable to communicate. The durable power of attorney
for healthcare enables you to select someone to make medical decisions
for you when you are unable to do so. Upon admission to Henry County Hospital,
you will receive a pamphlet entitled, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT. This pamphlet
explains these documents and also answers questions concerning them.
In cooperation with the Ohio Law, Henry County Hospital adheres to policies
that guarantee your rights regarding advance directives. These policies
ensure that the hospital will respectfully comply with any directives
you have previously formulated, to the extent permitted by law, and will
provide guidance and assistance if you desire to formulate new or different
directives, while you are hospitalized. Please inform your physician or
nurse if you would like assistance with advance directives.
You will receive the highest standard of care at Henry County Hospital,
even if you have not completed advance directives. However, please feel
free to make your wishes known, by discussing your medical care with your
physician or nurse.
Henry County Hospital also has a policy that addresses the removal of tube
feedings and/or mechanical ventilation from a patient who has not completed
advance directives. Please speak with your physician or nurse if you would
like to discuss this policy.
The third classification of advance directives implemented by the State
of Ohio is the do not resuscitate/comfort care (DNR/CC) and the do no
resuscitate/comfort care-arrest designation.
Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care (DNR/CC) is a form of advance directive that directs that a dying person receives
care that eases pain and/or suffering, but no resuscitative measures to
save or sustain life. For patients for whom a DNR Comfort Care protocol
is activated, you:
- Suction the airway
- Administer oxygen
- Position for comfort
- Splint or immobilize
- Control bleeding
- Provide pain medication
- Provide emotional support
- Contact other appropriate health care providers such as hospice, home health,
- Administer chest compressions
- Insert artificial airway
- Administer resuscitative drugs
- Defibrillate or cardiovert
- Provide respiratory assistance (other than that listed above)
- Initiate resuscitative IV
- Initiate cardiac monitoring
Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care - Arrest (DNR/CC-A) is a form of advance directive that directs that a dying person receives
full resuscitative care, including life-saving measures until the patient
experiences cardiac or respiratory arrest. Once cardiac or respiratory
arrest is present, Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care Measures are implemented.
Please speak with your physician or nurse if you would like more information
on comfort care.
here for a complimentary copy of the Advance Directive/Living Will.