If you have an advance directive, please bring a copy with you and give it to your attending physician. We will put a copy in your medical record, so that our entire team is aware of your wishes. Please keep the original at home.
It is important that the advance directive indicates your current wishes and that they are discussed with your relatives and attending physicians. Our doctors and nurses will also ask you about it. Please specify whether your advance directive is also to be valid in case of emergency, for example after a serious accident.
- Your rights
What you can decide
With an advance directive, you have the right to determine in advance what treatment or life-prolonging measures you wish to have or refuse in the event that you are no longer able to express your will – this can happen, for example, as a result of an accident, illness or coma.
You can also designate the person who should decide on your behalf about medical treatment if you are not able to do this yourself. You can specify the exact conditions under which that person has the authority to make decisions for you. Without a proper definition, the person designated by law will decide on the further course of treatment.
- Your wishes
When an advance directive is to take effect
An advance directive only enters into effect when you are no longer of sound mind. If you are of sound mind, your current wishes apply as communicated to us. No one is required to draft an advance directive.
Our general patient counseling, social services and the clinical ethics department will be happy to assist if you want to write an advance directive during your stay at the University Hospital Zurich.
- Examples and fact sheets