Pending Legislation in Texas Would Allow Forced DNR

Pending legislation in Texas would allow doctors to add a DNR order to a patient’s chart without consent.  The legislation does require that the patient’s health care surrogate be notified of the DNR order and allows the surrogate to request a second opinion.  However, the notification requirement does not apply if “reasonable medical judgment” indicates that death “is imminent despite attempted resuscitation” or if “resuscitation would be medically ineffective and there is insufficient time to contact the surrogate.” Notably, “medically ineffective” is not defined within the legislation.

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