In accordance with your right to choose your own health care, Louisiana provides advance medical directives that enable you to designate an agent to oversee your healthcare decisions. The health care power of attorney lets you specify an agent and then indicate which powers you will grant to him or her. These include the authority to hire and pay medical professionals, to access medical records, to consent to medical treatments and tests or to refuse them, to approve treatments to reduce pain, and to release healthcare personnel from liability.
The living will enables you to die naturally if you suffer from an irreversible condition that will result in death in a short period of time, and life-sustaining procedures would merely forestall death. The document allows you to refuse resuscitation, surgery, dialysis, artificial breathing and nutrition, blood products, and antibiotics used to sustain life despite a terminal condition.
In Louisiana, you will need two (2) competent witnesses, except individuals specified in R.S. 28:234 (§ 28:224). For an additional but optional layer of protection, the principal may also have their healthcare directive notarized.
Laws – RS 28:223