Advanced Health Care Directives is a "must read" before you sign an Advanced Health Care Directive. Policy and laws differ from State to State. One check in a box may result in deprivation of an IV or a necessary feeding tube.
In cases of brain injury, a person who is not educated in traumatic brain injury (TBI) may believe that a patient will never recover, remain in a vegetative state, or never be "normal" again. There are cases of TBI, that require a feeding tube and IV to recover. Some patients fully recover and live to have a full life.
It is important to be informed about your options before you sign an Advanced Health Care Directive. There are States within the USA where passive euthanasia and euthanasia are lawful. If you check the wrong box on an Advanced Health Care Directive this may result in your death.
Health Care Directives were designed to eliminate prolonged suffering of a terminal patient. Yet, there are cases where an Advanced Health Care Directive resulted in the death of a patient who did desire to live and did not understand the consequences of signing an Advanced Health Care Directive.