Advance Directives

Advance directives are written instructions, such as living will, durable power of attorney for health care, health care proxy, or do not resuscitate (DNR) request, recognized under state law and relating to the provision of health care when the individual is incapacitated and unable to communicate his/her desires.

In the State of Arizona, all patients have the right to participate in their own healthcare decisions and to make advance directives or to execute Powers of Attorney that authorize others to make decisions on their behalf based on the patients expressed wishes when the patient is unable to make decisions or unable to communicate decisions.  North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center (NSOSC) respects and upholds those rights. However, unlike in an acute care hospital setting, NSOSC does not routinely perform “high risk” procedures.  While no surgery is without risks, most surgeries performed at this center are considered to be at minimal risk.  You will discuss the specifics of your procedure with your physician who can answer your questions regarding its risks, your expected recovery, and care after your surgery.  Our team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality care in a safe environment that places the patient at the center of our care. Arizona State Law (CRF 416.50 Conditions for Coverage) permits us to decline to implement certain elements of your advance directives, based on our conscience and commitment to patient care.  It is the policy of NSOSC that if an adverse event occurs during your procedure or treatment, the medical surgical team will initiate resuscitative or other stabilizing measures and transfer you to an acute care hospital for further evaluation. We will share your advance directives with the caregivers at the acute care hospital where you are transferred. At the acute care hospital, further treatment or withdrawal of treatment measures already begun will be ordered in accordance with your wishes, advance directive, or health care power of attorney.  If you do not agree with our facility policy we will assist you to reschedule your procedure in a facility more suited to your healthcare needs.

For more information on Advance Directives, you may contact:

The Arizona Secretary of State
Advance Directives 1700 W. Washington
7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-6187

Or learn more on the web at and click on the “Guide to Filing Advance Directives”


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