Making healthare decisions is an important right for patients and their families.
Every adult of sound mind has the right to decide what may be done to his or her body in the course of medical treatment. As a patient, you have the right to be told about the nature of your condition, the general nature of proposed treatment, the risks of not undergoing the treatment and alternate procedures available.
To help with this process, the state of Texas has enacted three laws:
The Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate program allows people to decide that they do not want to be resuscitated if they stop breathing and their hearts stop beating. The program allows people to declare that certain resuscitative measures will not be used on them. Those resuscitative measures specifically listed in the OOH DNR legislation are cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced airway management, defibrillation, artificial ventilations and transcutaneous cardiac pacing.
OOH DNR forms can be ordered from the Texas Medical Association or downloaded from the web. You can contact TMA at:
Texas Medical Association
ATTN: DNR form
401 West 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-1680
(512) 370-1306 -- Recorded information concerning the prices of the DNR form and bracelets.
Learn more on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.