While in the hospital, you may have to make legal or ethical decisions about your care. At St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, we want to make sure you’re well-informed for when those moments occur.
The first step is understanding your treatment plan. When visiting our hospital, we encourage all patients and/or parents to ask the following questions (if applicable):
Some patients may want to consider asking a lawyer to prepare a few documents in advance that will help with future healthcare decisions. We value the rights of our patients and want to keep them informed of what is available to them.
These legal documents provide instructions regarding who should oversee your medical treatment. In the event of being unable to speak for yourself, it outlines your end-of-life wishes and includes a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will.
DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Comfort Care directives detail for healthcare workers that they are not allowed to:
Patients may consider the following options should surgery be needed and are curious as to how the DNR Comfort Care status may affect physician decisions during operations: