Idaho a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Form
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Living Willand Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
St. Luke’s and its physicians and staff believe in the basic principle of patient self-determination and the rights of
competent adults to make their own medical treatment decisions and to execute Advance Directives.
Advance Directives are documents that allow individuals to make their wishes known in advance regarding end-of-
life care and whom they want to make health care decisions for them if they should ever become unable to speak
Advance Directives include the following properly-executed documents:
• Living Will
• Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
• Written statements expressing a patient’s wishes regarding treatment and/or end-of-life care
• Patient statements regarding treatment and/or end-of-life care documented in the medical record
• Physician Order for Scope of Treatment (POST)
In keeping with the values and mission of St. Luke’s, and to the extent permitted or required by law, St. Luke’s
physicians and staff will honor and comply with the terms of a patient’s Advance Directives in the inpatient and
outpatient hospital setting, as long as the necessary physician orders are in place.
Note: Even if a patient has properly-executed Advance Directives, a current physician “Do Not Resuscitate”
order (DNR) or Physician Order for Scope of Treatment (POST) is required in order to withhold resuscitative
efforts. This order is written in the chart after the physician understands the patient’s wishes.
If a patient’s Advance Directives create medical, ethical, or professional dilemmas among physicians, family
members, nurses, and/or other care providers, St. Luke’s Medical Ethics Committee, or a comparable medical staff
committee, is available for consultation.
St. Luke’s will ask all patients who are 18 years of age or older and who are being admitted as inpatients to the
Hospital, Hospice, or Home Care, whether or not they have Advance Directives and, if so, whether or not they wish
to have a copy placed on their medical record.
Patients are not required to have Advance Directives, and St. Luke’s does not condition the provision of care or
otherwise discriminate on the basis of whether or not Advance Directives have been completed. If you don’t have
an Advance Directive on file, this information will be provided to you upon request.
Patients are encouraged to
discuss their wishes with their family members and their physician, and to complete Advance Directives
prior to their admission.
For More Information
For additional information or assistance in completing Advance Directives, please visit the American Hospital
Association website at putitinwriting.org
(includes information in English and Spanish).
If additional Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care forms are needed, download a printable
form at stlukesonline.org/livingwill
St. Luke’s Boise and MeridianSt. Luke’s Magic ValleySt. Luke’s Wood River
or register your Advance Directive online with the State of Idaho:
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