Your Healthcare Decisions
When you are a patient, you and your loved ones play a vital role by becoming active, involved, and informed members of your healthcare team.
You have the right under Connecticut law to make decisions in advance about your medical treatment. These decisions will be honored even if you become unable to make or communicate them. You also have the right to determine in advance who can make decisions for you, regarding life support or medical treatment, should you be unable to express those wishes yourself.
All patients admitted to Stamford Hospital will receive information about advance directives as part of the admissions process and will be asked if they have a living will or an appointed healthcare representative. If you have not already done so, you may designate your advance directives and a healthcare representative at Stamford Hospital. If you need assistance with this process, we will be happy to help you. Please ask your nurse if you need additional copies of the information you received on admission, or if you need assistance completing any documents.
To learn more visit the links below:
Advance Directives - English Booklet
Advance Directives - Spanish Booklet
Advance Directives - Russian Booklet
Advance Directives - Creole Booklet
Discharge Against Medical Advice
Patients are discouraged from leaving the hospital against medical advice. If you wish to leave despite advice to the contrary, you will be asked to sign a Discharge Against Medical Advice form. Your physician and, when appropriate, your family will be notified if you are making this request.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)
You may request that cardiopulmonary resuscitative measures (CPR) not be initiated in the event of a respiratory or cardiac arrest. In such cases, the patient’s physician must write a Do Not Resuscitate order to communicate the patient’s wishes to all staff.
Bioethics Consultation Service
Bioethics is the analysis of issues that arise in the healthcare setting. These are moral issues of health, life and death, related to patient care and treatment decision-making. The concerns of bioethics are the well-being and dignity of the patient, as well as matters of choice, rights and responsibilities of the patient, the family and caregiving team. Any matter relating to these issues is appropriate for a bioethics consultation.
Anyone involved in patient care—patient, family member or proxy agent, caregiver or staff member—with an ethical concern or problem can directly access the Bioethics Consultation Service. Bioethics consultations can be requested by contacting the Bioethics Consultation Service via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests for consultation will be answered within 24 hours. Depending on the nature of the ethical problem, the bioethics consultant(s) may convene a conference of the patient’s caregiving team and selected members of the ethics committee.