From Senator Jane Nelson:
SB 303 provides much-needed protections for patients and their loved ones as they make deeply personal advanced directive decisions in collaboration with their health care providers.
Under current law, health care providers may place Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation (DNAR) orders in a patient’s file without consent from or written notice to the patient or their loved ones. These orders may be appealed to hospital ethics committees, which exist under current law and are common throughout the state. Patients have 48 hours to prepare for ethics hearings and 10 days to find alternative treatment if they disagree with the final decision. SB 303 strengthens the rights of patients and their loved ones in the following ways. It:
· Requires that DNARs be removed upon notice that the patient objects to the order and requests that it be appealed to the ethics committee;
· Extends from 48 hours to 7 days the notification period for the ethics hearing;· Guarantees that patients are provided a free copy of their medical records; and· Extends from 10 to 21 days the amount of time a family has to find another willing provider if they disagree with the final decision of the ethics committee.
SB 303 is an improvement to the current law. If you have questions or comments, contact Senator Jane Nelson.