Your doctor, Akron General
Medical Center and all of the physicians and nurses
who care for you are dedicated to helping you
maintain the best possible state of health. If,
despite their best efforts, the time ever comes
when further treatment is without benefit to you,
a decision must be made whether to continue such
treatment or not. Akron General has established
these guidelines to aid in this very personal
and difficult decision.
Who Can Make These Decisions?
A competent patient (a patient
able to make a rational decision based on adequate
information) has the right to decide whether or
not to begin or withdraw life-sustaining treatment.
Informed Consent means that the patient has been
informed of the risks, complications and alternatives
and agrees to the planned procedure or treatment.
If a patient is not capable
to make a decision on level of care, the physician
must look to family and others for direction.
In Ohio consent can be given by court-appointed
guardians, individuals with a Durable Power of
Attorney for Health Care and family members.
When life-sustaining treatment
decisions need to be made for a patient in a terminal
condition or a permanently unconscious state,
the physician will look at advanced directives
including a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney
for Health Care.
A Living Will Allows you to indicate preferences regarding withdrawal of
life-sustaining treatment, if you are no longer competent. A Durable
Power of Attorney for Health Care allows you to appoint someone to make
health care decisions for you if you are not able.