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.
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AN ACT REQUIRING PARENTAL NOTIFICATION AND AGREEMENT PRIOR TO ISSUING AN ORDER TO WITHHOLD CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION AND OTHER LIFE-PROLONGING MEASURES FROM PATIENTS WHO ARE UNEMANCIPATED MINORS.Intro. by Krawiec, Daniel, Hise.
Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (Feb 28 2019)
Bill S 163 (2019-2020)Summary date: Feb 27 2019 - More information