At Seton Coastside, our primary focus is respect for each patient. We seek to enhance quality of life primarily by preventing illness and restoring health, but we also recognize that alleviating suffering and caring for the dying are essential aspects of our mission.
Although each situation is unique and life decisions are never easy, we encourage you to consider some very important questions now, before you are faced with what may be a very difficult decision.
- What will happen if you find yourself, or a loved one, with a chronic or terminal disease that fills every day living with pain and suffering?
- What are your options for treatment or life support?
- If your heart or breathing stops, do you want to be resuscitated? Do you want efforts made to restart your heart or breathe for you artificially?
- If a loved one should be in this situation, what would he/she choose?
- Does the attending physician know your wishes?
- What can you do in advance to assure that your wishes are carried out in the event that you are not able to make your own decision?
Documenting Your Choices in Advance
Patients are usually able to make informed, deliberate choices about their own treatment. These choices can be expressed in advance, before you are unable to express your wishes due to progression of an illness or other unanticipated problems. The document available in California to convey those choices is the Advance Healthcare Directives. In this document, you may choose to appoint an agent to make your healthcare decisions in situations where you are no longer able to make them for yourself or you may choose to simply express your desires concerning your healthcare. Contact our Department of Spiritual Care at (650) 563-7181 for more information and to acquire an Advance Directive form.
Ethical Questions and Concerns
Conflicts that may arise concerning decision-making about healthcare and treatment may be referred to the Ethics Committee. Anyone (staff members, physicians. employees, family and patients) may access the Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee provides a forum for consultation and advice to hospital staff and/or patients and their families to assist in decision-making.
Seton Medical Center is making every effort to support organ and tissue donation. The hospital has a relationship with the California Transplant Donor Network. The Network serves as a link between doctors and those awaiting organ and tissue transplantation. For more information, please call 1-800-553-6667.
Advance Directives Printable Forms
Download and print a PDF of our Advance Healthcare Directive form in either English (72 KB) or Spanish (76 KB). This document is available as a printable PDF file using Adobe Acrobat. If you do not already have an Adobe Acrobat Reader, download a free copy now from Adobe Acrobat.
At Seton Coastside, where Experience Countssm, we look forward to providing these services to you and your family with both care and compassion.