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A Living Will is a legal document you can complete now to declare your wishes regarding the use of life-sustaining treatment if you should become terminally ill or permanently unconscious.

A Living Will:

  • becomes effective only when you are unable to communicate your wishes and are permanently unconscious or terminally ill.
  • spells out whether or not you want life-support technology used to prolong your dying.
  • gives doctors the authority to follow your instructions regarding the medical treatment you want under these conditions.
  • can be changed or revoked by you at any time, but cannot be changed or revoked by anyone else.
  • will be followed for a pregnant woman only if certain conditions apply.
  • specifies under what conditions you would want artificial feeding and fluids to be withheld. 

These materials have been prepared for educational and information purposes only. They are not legal advice or legal opinions on any specific matters. For your specific matter, please contact us about your specific circumstances.

Definitions related to Living Will Law

Terms and Definitions

DEFINITIONS Ohio’s Living Will Law uses several words that have meanings that might be helpful to explain here.

Life-sustaining treatment – any medical procedure, treatment, intervention or other measure that when administered to you serves principally to prolong life.

Hydration – fluids that are artificially or technologically administered through tubes.

Nutrition – refers to food that is artificially or technologically administered through tubes.

Permanently unconscious – to a reasonable degree of medical certainty: (1) you are irreversibly unaware of yourself or your environment; and (2) there is total loss of cerebral cortical functioning – which results in your having no capacity to experience pain or suffering.

Terminal condition – an irreversibly, incurable and untreatable condition caused by disease, illness or injury from which, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty: (1) there can be no recovery; and (2) death is likely to occur within a short period of time if life-sustaining treatment is not administered.

Comfort care – nutrition and /or hydration when administered to diminish pain or discomfort, but not to postpone death; and any other medical care that diminishes pain or discomfort – like pain medication and turning a patient – but does not postpone death.   

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