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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

Chapter 190

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  190.609.  Order effective, when — limitations of order. — 1.  An outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate order shall only be effective when the patient has not been admitted to or is not being treated within a hospital.

  2.  An outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate order and the outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate protocol shall not authorize the withholding or withdrawing of other medical interventions, such as intravenous fluids, oxygen, or therapies other than cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  Outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate orders and the outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate protocol shall not authorize the withholding or withdrawing of therapies deemed necessary to provide comfort care or alleviate pain.  Any authorization for withholding or withdrawing interventions or therapies that is inconsistent with sections 190.600 to 190.621 and is found or included in any outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate order or in the outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate protocol shall be null, void, and of no effect.  Nothing in this section shall prejudice any other lawful directives concerning such medical interventions and therapies.

  3.  An outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate order shall not be effective during such time as the patient is pregnant; provided, however, that physicians, persons under the direction or authorization of a physician, emergency medical services personnel, and health care facilities shall not be subject to civil, criminal, or administrative liability and are not guilty of unprofessional conduct if, while acting in accordance with the provisions of sections 190.600 to 190.621 and the provisions of an outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate order executed under sections 190.600 to 190.621, such persons and entities:

  (1)  Comply with an outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate order and withdraw or withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a pregnant patient while believing in good faith that the patient is not pregnant; or

  (2)  Despite the presence of an outside the hospital do-not-resuscitate order, provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation to a nonpregnant patient while believing in good faith that the patient is pregnant.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 182)


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