What types of documents can I store with MedicAlert?
An advance directive is a document outlining the type of care you wish to receive in the event you should become unable to make medical decisions. Advance directives can take many forms, and laws regarding advance directives are different in each state. You should be aware of the laws in your state prior to creating your advance directive.
A living will is one type of advance directive. It describes the kind of medical treatments or life-sustaining treatments you would want if you were seriously or terminally ill. A living will doesn’t let you select someone to make decisions for you.
A durable power of attorney for healthcare (or healthcare proxy) is another type of advance directive. In this document you name someone you have chosen to make healthcare decisions for you should you become unconscious or unable to make medical decisions.
A pre-hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) order is another kind of advance directive. A DNR is a request not to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if your heart stops or if you stop breathing. Pre-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders are governed by special laws specific to each county or state. Most emergency responders in the United States will initiate CPR or other life-sustaining measures unless they see a recognized DNR order for the patient.