Grey skies and cool temps did not deter the #Bucketlistplus1 campaign team from rolling down Drury Lane on Wednesday, March 28 to raise awareness about advance healthcare planning.
The team secured a hospital bed, an IV stand, a defibrillator, and medical attire to grab attention and remind the Drury community that life-threatening events can happen to anyone at any time. Armed with bright orange folders containing advance planning materials, the team started in front of the Findlay Student Center and worked their way towards the Shewmaker Communication Center over a 2-hour period.
Students, faculty, and staff who encountered the team’s guerrilla tactic were both surprised and curious.
“What’s up with the hospital bed and lab coats? Are you medical students?”
“I’ve never heard of an advance directive but is it like a living will?”
“I keep seeing these orange folders. What’s in them?”
It’s not often people are face-to-face with the medical equipment that can play a role in sustaining their life during a serious health emergency. A defibrillator can jumpstart a heart by electric current, but we want our target audience to understand they have a choice in determining the medical treatment that’s right for them. It’s both their right and their responsibility to identify and document those decisions. Without written directives on healthcare choices, physician
s and families cannot honor an individual’s preferences.
The team distributed 100 information packets and engaged students, faculty, and staff in conversations about healthcare choices. The hospital bed tactic took place before the extended Easter weekend so people would have time to talk with their families about the important end-of-life decisions that must be formalized in an advance directive.
If you have not received a packet, visit www.bucketlistplus1.com to find helpful information and a fillable advance directive that can be downloaded, signed, and notarized.
The team owes a special thank you to Kim Morelock, Executive Director of the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks, for her assistance with the tactic and ongoing support of our campaign activities and for donating the hospital bed.