Under Nevada law, you have the right to make decisions regarding the use of life-sustaining treatment, as long as you are competent to do so.
THE LAW IN NEVADA
What rights do you have to decide your medical treatment?
Under Nevada law, you have the right to make decisions regarding the use of life-sustaining treatment, as long as you are competent to do so
This means you have the right to refuse treatment and to be informed of the consequences should you choose to refuse recommended treatment
However, there may be situations where the patient is unable to consent or refuse medical treatment
That is when an advance directive is important
What is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive is a legal document that explains to your physician, health care professionals, family and friends, what your wishes are about your health care
This document is prepared before there is ever a need for it
In Nevada, there are different types of advance directives available
Types of Nevada Advance Directives
Durable Power of Attorney
for Health Care
This document will give the person you designate power to make decisions concerning your medical care and treatment, in the event you are unable to do so
This type of instrument is used to direct your attending physician to withhold or withdraw any form of medical treatment that is meant only to prolong the process of dying, in the event you are determined to have an incurable or irreversible condition
This document informs all health care professionals who treat you, that you do not desire them to use CPR if your heart stops beating or you stop breathing
Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment
This detailed legal document spells out the different types of life-sustaining medical treatment to which you consent or refuse, depending on the situation
What is required to create the Durable Power of Attorney?
First, you should choose your attorney-in-fact, to act on your behalf
It may be a family member
or a close friend whom you
trust to make very important decisions regarding your
That person should also have a clear understanding your wishes and be willing to accept the responsibility of making health care decisions for you
If you want to discuss
Advanced Directives with a licensed professional, contact our firm to schedule a free consultation
If you live in northern Nevada
give us a call at 775-823-WILL
to make an appointment
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