Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), which the Texas Legislature passed last year, brings significant changes to in-facility, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.
For years in-hospital DNR orders had not specifically been subject to state-mandated requirements. But SB 11, which took effect in April, lays out new requirements affecting physicians who could treat end-of-life patients in a hospital, including emergency doctors.
Regulation of out-of-hospital DNR orders has not changed, and SB 11 does preserve a physician’s ability to use reasonable medical judgment regarding in-facility DNR orders under very specific conditions. This means physicians who could treat end-of-life patients in a hospital must understand the law’s various criteria for what can and cannot constitute a valid DNR.
If you’re wondering how SB 11 might apply to you and your patients, the Texas Medical Association’s new on-demand webinar can help: Do-Not-Resuscitate Order: Updates and Changes.
The webinar, which summarizes the requirements under the new law, is free for TMA members and your practice staff compliments of TMA Insurance Trust.
It has been designated for 1 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.
Visit the TMA Education Center, and be sure to login as a member to take this free course.
Last Updated On
June 12, 2018