If you are in surgery and unable to make an important decision concerning your care, have you considered who you want to make the decision for you? Have you discussed it with the person you would designate so that he or she knows what you would want done? Have you created the appropriate legal framework for the person you designate to make those decisions? A Health Care Proxy is a document that you can use to legally appoint another person to make medical decisions on your behalf when you are incapacitated and unable to make them on your own.
Doctors and other health care workers have to follow strict legal rules and procedures when discussing your health and care with other people. To protect your privacy, they are not allowed to discuss your care with other people in most cases. That means that if a decision regarding your care needs to be made quickly, the doctors will have to make it themselves. What they choose to do might not be what you would want done. A Health Care Proxy allows you to designate someone who doctors can legally discuss your health with and someone who can tell doctors what you want. Talk to an attorney about getting one today.