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Health care directive


Your health care team can give you a health care directive booklet to complete, if you wish.

You can also visit to print a copy.

A health care directive (previously called a living will) gives your family direction on what medical care you want or don't want if you can't communicate.

This document gives you the chance to write out your wishes. Those wishes will be legally respected.

It is suggested that all people, even those not currently ill or having surgery, make sure their loved ones are aware of their wishes. A health care directive is a way to do that.

If you have a health care directive, bring a copy of it with you when you come to the hospital for surgery. It will be a permanent part of your medical record.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Preparing for Your Hysterectomy, gyn-ahc-95582

First published: 04/25/2013
Last updated: 04/25/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health GYN (Gynecology) Care Council