The United States Supreme Court has concluded that you have a constitutional right to be free of unwanted medical treatment. Connecticut law also grants you the right to accept or reject medical treatment, including life-prolonging procedures, such as mechanical respiration and tube or intravenous feeding. Connecticut facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory surgery centers are required to inform you before you are admitted as to whether or not they will be able to honor your right to accept or reject treatment.
If you have an Advance Health Care Directive, please provide us with a copy so that we may add it to your medical record.
Please know that it is the policy of Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center to sustain life with extraordinary efforts should the need arise. Regardless, there may be additional portions of your Advance Directive that we are able to follow.
If you do not have an existing Advance Directive and would like information, please let us know. We would be happy to provide you with the necessary forms and facts regarding your Connecticut Advance Directive, Healthcare Proxy and Living Will.