Advance directives are documents that state your choices about medical treatment. They will also allow you to name someone to make decisions about your medical treatment if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Kentucky law recognizes three types of advance directives: a living will; a designation of health care surrogate; and advance directive for Mental Health treatment.
A living will is a document that tells your doctor or other health care providers whether or not you want treatments or procedures which will prolong your life if you are in a terminal condition or are in a permanently unconscious state. Procedures which can prolong your life may include mechanical respirators to help you breathe, kidney dialysis to clean your body of wastes, or CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to restore your heartbeat, artificial nutrition and hydration. It may also include your wishes regarding organ donation.
A health care surrogate designation lets you name a specific person to make your medical decisions when you are unable to do so. This person acts in your best interest to authorize treatment, refuse treatment or withdraw treatment when you are temporarily or permanently unable to decide for yourself.
You do not have to have an advance directive. If you choose to write an advance directive giving your instructions, you should first talk with your family and those close to you who are concerned about your care and your feelings.
It is easier to discuss possible situations and your wishes at a time when you are healthy. You can always change or cancel an advance directive later if you desire.
More facts about advance directives:
- Anyone 18 or older can make an advance directive.
- If you change your mind, you can destroy the document, or revoke it either verbally or in writing
- You don't need a lawyer to write an advance directive.
- We do not automatically honor advance directives in outpatient areas as we don't know of your wishes or your visit may be for unrelated care. If you want us to honor an advance directive in an outpatient area, please speak to a nurse or your doctor.
- While you are a patient at a University of Kentucky Hospital, if you would like more information on advance directives, you may contact Patient & Family Services in Room H149 or call 859-323-5501.
The University of Kentucky complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. The University of Kentucky does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Read the Notice of Nondiscrimination on this page: Notice of Nondiscrimination for UK Health Programs and Activities
Kentucky law requires that we inform you about AIDS.
HIV stands for “human immunodeficiency virus,” which is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. HIV makes it harder for people with it to recover from other infections and illnesses. AIDS stands for “acquired immune deficiency syndrome,” which is the health effects that happen if HIV is not treated. With treatment, a person living with HIV can be healthy and live nearly as long as a person who does not have HIV. Treatment for HIV also greatly lowers the chance that someone with HIV will pass it to others.
HIV is not spread through activities such as hugging or shaking hands or sharing a drinking glass. HIV is only spread through blood, sexual fluids or breast milk.
This usually happens by:
- Having sex without condoms
- Sharing needles
A mother living with HIV can pass HIV to her baby, but this is now very uncommon in the US as long as the mother knows that she has HIV and is being treated. It is also very rare that HIV is passed by blood transfusions or transplanted organs, because all donated blood and organs are now tested for HIV.
HIV is mostly spread by people who do not know they have HIV. This is why it is so important to get tested for HIV at least once in your lifetime, and at least every 6 months if you are having sex without condoms or sharing needles.
The University of Kentucky campus became completely tobacco-free on all campus grounds and parking areas on Nov. 19, 2009, coinciding with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.
The policy, which prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all grounds and parking areas (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or waterpipe smoking, snus, snuff, etc.), applies to all areas of the contiguous UK campus in Lexington, indoors and out.
Page last updated 05/01/2018.