Frequently Asked Questions

What are "Life-Prolonging Procedures"?

These are treatments that aren't expected to cure a terminal condition or make you better and that only prolong dying. They include hydration (giving water), nutrition by tube (giving food), machines that breathe for you, and other kinds of medical and surgical treatment. Life prolonging procedures do not include treatments needed to make you comfortable or to eas your pain. Your doctor will give you treatment or drugs to ease pain and make you comfortable unless you say in your Advance Directive that you do not want them. You can also say in this type of Advance Directive that you want to have particular life-prolonging procedures given to you. For example, if you want to have all life-prolonging procedures except tube-feeding withdrawn, you may say that in your Advance Directive.