OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" ORDERS.
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
Public Health Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute