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?
|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
|Cannot change anything
|May make changes if patient has lost capacity
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