Advance Directives Policy

It is this facility’s policy to support patients’ rights to make decisions regarding their health care. Patients and their representatives or surrogates have the right to have proposed medical interventions explained to their satisfaction and the right to refuse any unwanted care.

If patients do not have decision-making capacity, or if they are unable to speak for themselves, they have the right to have a Parent/Surrogate make treatment decisions for them.

Patients also have the right to make an Advance Directive to help ensure that the competent adult’s desires are honored if he or she becomes incapacitated. Florida law requires that the ASC honor any patient’s advance directive.

Florida law, however, does not require the ASC (per Florida Statue 765.1105) to comply with a patient’s advance directive if it is “contrary to the provider’s or facility’s moral or ethical beliefs.” Maitland Surgery Center will not honor a patient’s Advance Directive for that reason. We will attempt to resuscitate and transfer to a hospital in the event of deterioration in health status. Because of these beliefs, any patient who has a DNRO (Do Not Resuscitate Order) will be asked to speak with his physician to consider having the procedure performed at a different facility.

Maitland Surgery Center staff is trained to provide patients with information on an advance directive or living will. The information provided is not advice, but a guide to information and forms related to an advance directive or living will. Information on state law and state approved forms will be available to patients who request additional information.