What is an advanced directive?

Texas offers advanced directives to its citizens. These allow people to officially communicate their health care decisions in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. There are three types of advanced directives in Texas. One is a Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates, which requires signing individuals to actually communicate what they want to happen in certain situations. A Medical Power of Attorney appoints a trusted person to make decisions for the individual if the individual becomes incapacitated. The third is an Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order.

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