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Advance Directives

A Healthcare Directive to Physicians–or advance directive—is a document that states your wishes and allows your physician to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment in the event of terminal illness or injury, so you may die naturally. It may also be written so that it would apply in the event of a coma with no reasonable probability for recovery.

It may be revoked at any time verbally or by destroying the document and notifying your physician. In Washington State, the directive must follow certain format guidelines, which may be obtained from hospital staff.