Advance Directive Policy
Cleveland Eye and Laser Surgery Center
All patients have the right to participate in their own health care decisions and to make Advance Directive or to execute a Power of Attorney that authorizes others to make decisions on their behalf based on the patient’s expressed wishes when the patient is unable to make decisions or unable to communicate decisions. Cleveland Eye and Laser Surgery Center respects and upholds those rights.
However, unlike in an acute care hospital setting, the Surgery Center does not routinely perform “high risk” procedures. Most procedures performed in this facility are considered to be of minimal risk. Of course, no surgery is without risk. You will discuss the specifics of your procedure with your physician who can answer your question as to its risks, your expected recovery and care after your surgery.
Therefore, it is our policy, regardless of the contents of an Advance Directive or instructions from a Health Care Surrogate or Power of Attorney, that if an adverse event occurs during your treatment at this facility we will initiate resuscitative or other stabilizing measures and transfer you to an acute care hospital for further evaluation. At the acute care hospital further treatment or withdrawal of treatment measures already begun will be ordered in accordance with your wishes, Advance Directive or Health Care Power of Attorney.
The Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Revised Code includes detailed information related to Advance Directive, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Power of Attorney and can be accessed at https://codes.ohio.gov/orc/1337.12.
At the time of admission to the Surgery Center, each patient will have signed the Advance Directive Notice acknowledging they have read and understand this policy. Signing the Advance Directive Notice does not invalidate any current Health Care Directive or Health Care Power of Attorney.
If a patient does not agree to this policy, their procedure will be rescheduled at another facility.
Surgery Center patients or patient’s representative will be notified in writing prior to date of surgery of Center’s policies regarding advance directive. The physician’s office scheduling the procedure will be responsible for distributing a copy of this written Advance Directive Policy.