Prepare for Your Visit
Preparing for Your Visit to an OhioHealth Hospital
We want to make sure your OhioHealth hospital visit is easy and you know what to expect.
We encourage you to leave valuables, such as jewelry, money, credit cards, checkbooks or anything else of value, at home or with a family member. If you wish, valuables can be locked up with our Security Services.
Important Information for Patients of OhioHealth
Learn more about:
- Services and accommodations for patients and visitors with disabilities or limited English proficiency
- How to participate in decisions about your care
- What to expect with quality and safe care
- Important information about medications
You have the right to fill out a form (called an advance directive) that tells your doctor what you want to be done in case you should become terminally ill and unable to communicate or make decisions for yourself. There are two types of advance directives:
- Living Will: A written document that expresses your healthcare wishes.
- Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare: is a written document that appoints someone else to make all healthcare decisions for you.
Advance Directives are legal documents you can download online. States differ in their requirements, so be sure to get the form specific to your location, as well as to follow instructions for legalizing the documents.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Comfort Care (CC)
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) means that if a patient’s heart or breathing stops, medical staff will not try to restart the heart and lungs with CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). A DNR order is a written order by a doctor based upon your wishes to avoid having CPR if your heart or breathing stops. If you are interested in a DNR order, share your wishes with your doctor. There are two types of DNR-CC orders:
- DNR-CC: Only treatment to provide comfort care will be given to you. If your heart or lungs stop working, CPR will not be started.
- DNR-CC Arrest: You will get all needed treatment until the time your heart or breathing stop working. Once this occurs, CPR will not be started. All care will be done except CPR. It does NOT change the rest of the treatment plan your doctor has ordered.
Comfort care such as pain medication, oxygen, nutrition, emotional support, supporting the body and clearing the airway will still be done with both of these orders. Other healthcare providers, such as hospice, home health and pain specialists may be asked to help in your care.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
You have certain rights and responsibilities as a patient at an OhioHealth hospital.