Enacts new GS 90-21.17A, requiring a physician to not issue an order to withhold life-prolonging measures when the patient is an unemancipated minor unless the physician has (1) informed at least one of the patient's parents or legal guardians of the intent to issue a do not resuscitate (DNR) order (specifies how the information is to be provided) and (2) made a reasonable attempt to inform the patient's other parent if the parent's contact information is discernible and if that parent has custodial or visitation rights. Requires specified documentation of these communications. Allows a parent or guardian to object to the issuance of a DNR order, at which time a physician is prohibited from issuing a DNR order until the parent withdraws the objection. Sets out the procedure for petitioning the district court when the parents or guardians are unable to agree on the issuance of a DNR order. Makes conforming changes to GS 90-21.17. Effective October 1, 2019.
Bill S 163 (2019-2020)Summary date: Feb 27 2019 - View summary