Do NOT put it in a safe deposit box, and do mail it to the hospital. Please bring it with you each time you are hospitalized, just as you bring with you your insurance card and/or Medicare cards. Please give a copy to your doctor and your family members so that they can discuss it with you if they wish. Put the advance directive in a place it can be easily found if you are hospitalized in an emergency. Someone close to you who would be likely to accompany you to the hospital should have a copy.
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