Does a DMOST form replace the Advance Directive?
The DMOST form complements the Advance Directive and is not intended to replace it. An Advance Directive is necessary to appoint a legal health care representative and provide instructions for future life-sustaining treatments. The Advance Directive is recommended for all adults, regardless of their health status.
A DMOST form should accompany an Advance Directive when appropriate. For more information go to: www.caringinfo.org.
What are the primary differences between an Advance Directive and a DMOST form?
Advance Directive vs. DMOST
|Who has one?||Anyone over 18||People with less than 1 year to live|
|Where is it stored?||With other legal documents||In a pink envelope, kept with the patient at all times|
|What is it for?||Future care||Current care|
|Form is||A legal document: must be translated to medical orders before it can be honored||Medical Orders: honored in all medical institutions, clinics, ambulances, etc. in the state of Delaware|
|Can it be changed?||Yes – with a lawyer||Yes – with a physician|
|Authorized Representative||Cannot change anything||May make changes if patient has lost capacity|
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