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Texas Requires MDs to Get Permission for DNRs

Texas’s futile care law is a disgrace, permitting hospital bioethics committees to kick patients off of wanted life-sustaining treatment.

Until now, they could even impose DNRs on a patient’s chart before asking permission, and then notify the sick person or family/guardian. Until now. From the Texas Tribune story:

The Texas Senate on Tuesday evening voted to adopt a House-amended version of Senate Bill 11, which requires doctors to obtain explicit legal permission from patients before issuing do-not-resuscitate orders.

There are even criminal penalties for violating a patient’s DNR wishes. Yikes!

Why a law was needed to keep doctors from imposing do not resuscitate orders on patients without permission is beyond me. It should have gone without saying.

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