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Advance Directives

I have an Advance Directive and/or a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, but it doesn’t say anything about blood transfusions. What should I do?

It's always wise to mention your specific wishes concerning blood transfusions and receiving blood products on your document in clear and precise language. This document speaks for you when you can't speak for yourself.

Your designated health care agent (the person you designated to guide decisions if you are unable to) can't change any of your choices that are documented on this form, so make sure he/she understands your wishes.

Who needs to have a copy of my Advance Directive?

Your designated health care agent needs to have a copy as well as your primary care provider. Be sure to give them a new copy any time you make any changes, no matter how minor you think they may be. Also consider giving a copy to a family member or close friend. Be sure to bring a copy of your advance directive any time you are hospitalized or when you see a new provider for care.

My Advance Directive mentions “fractions” of blood.  What does that mean? Are fractions the same as a blood transfusion and where do they come from?

Please see Fractions of Blood for a complete explanation.

My Advance Directive mentions “medical procedures regarding the use of my blood.”  What does this mean?

Please see the section on Procedures for a complete explanation of common blood conservation techniques.