The Maryland advance directive serves as a document that permits an individual to choose a medical care representative to select end-of-life care choices for them. This document is needed to be endorsed by two observers/witnesses and stored in a protected place that is easily accessible in the case of an emergency.
The following sections are contained in the Advance Directive
Medical Power of Attorney under the selection of medical/healthcare representative/agent
The Living Will under treatment choices/preference
The “After my Death” section
Statute – Sections 5-601 to 5-618 ( The Maryland health care decisions act)
Signature Requirements (MD Code, Health – General, § 5-602) – This document should be endorsed by two witnesses who are in the actual presence or electronically present with the Patient.
State Definition (MD Code, Health – General, § 5–601(b)) – The term "Advance directive" signifies a document composed and witnessed or an electronic record, willfully carried out by the patient as per the prerequisites set forth in this chapter.
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