I went to the hospital the other day for pre-registration and pre-op tests for an upcoming surgery.
Pre-registration includes giving the hospital an advanced medical directive, which is hospital-speak for what they should do with your inert, yet breathing body, after they’ve messed up your surgery, and you never get to be waited on in bed.
Do you want them to keep you alive and continue to bill the insurance company, or should they just pull the plug? Hospitals are sometimes short on bed space, and need to know these things.
Nurses also sucked out a bunch of my blood for the pre-op tests, ostensibly to make sure I’ll clot nicely when they cut me open, and to ascertain whether I have any communicable diseases they might catch.
They hate when that happens.