Directives for Specific Medical Procedures
A living will is generally executed well in advance of the need for medical procedures. However, when someone knows he or she will be going in the hospital for surgery, often a specific form can be signed just for that particular hospital stay. Such a form can be more detailed and specific than a living will. Many hospitals have such forms for patients to complete prior to the procedure. If you are facing a situation like this, ask your doctor or hospital about obtaining and filling out such a form.