OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5435

AN ACT CONCERNING "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" ORDERS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to include in its regulations concerning “do not resuscitate” (DNR) orders, the form, recognition, and transfer of a physician's orders relating to a patient's end of life care by (1) emergency medical service providers not affiliated with a hospital and (2) licensed health care institutions.

By law, DPH must adopt regulations establishing a system for the recognition and transfer of DNR orders between licensed health care institutions and upon the intervention of emergency medical service providers. The regulations must:

1. include procedures for the use of DNR bracelets;

2. specify that, upon request, a physician issuing a DNR order must assist the patient or patient's authorized representative in using the system; and

3. not impede the actions of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) commissioner concerning the appropriateness of DNR orders for DDS clients.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/29/2012)