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1 End-of-Life Professional Ethics & Liability Issues “A Day With The Judges” Integris Baptist Medical Center October 15, 2010 Presented by Annette Prince, J.D., L.C.S.W.

2 Living Will or Proxy or Both "Advance directive for health care" means any writing executed in accordance with the requirements of Section of this title and may include a living will, the appointment of a health care proxy, or both such living will and appointment of a proxy;

3 Proxy Power In the case of a qualified patient, the patient's health care proxy, in consultation with the attending physician, shall have the authority to make treatment decisions for the patient including the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of life- sustaining procedures.

4 A physician or other health care provider who is furnished the original or a photocopy of the advance directive shall make it a part of the declarant's medical record and, if unwilling to comply with the advance directive, promptly so advise the declarant.

5 It shall be presumed that every incompetent patient has directed his health care providers to provide him with hydration and nutrition to a degree that is sufficient to sustain life.

6 Title 63 O.S. Section Inapplicability of Presumption A.The presumption pursuant to Section of this title shall not apply if:

7 1.The attending physician of the incompetent patient knows that the patient, when competent, decided on the basis of information sufficient to constitute informed consent that artificially administered hydration or artificially administered nutrition should be withheld or withdrawn from him;

8 7. In the reasonable medical judgment of the incompetent patient's attending physician and a second consulting physician: a. the incompetent patient is chronically and irreversibly incompetent, b. the incompetent patient is in the final stage of a terminal illness or injury, and c. the death of the incompetent patient is imminent.

9 Hydration or nutrition may not be withheld or withdrawn pursuant to paragraph 7 of subsection A of this section if this would result in death from dehydration or starvation rather than from the underlying terminal illness or injury.

10 Even if life-sustaining treatment or artificial administration of nutrition and hydration are withheld or withdrawn, the patient shall be provided with medication or other medical treatment to alleviate pain and will be provided with oral consumption of food and water.

11 A licensed health care professional who administers, prescribes, or dispenses medications or procedures for the purpose of alleviating pain or discomfort, even if their use may increase the risk of death, shall not be deemed to have violated Section 3 of this act or Section 813 or 814 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes so long as such medications or procedures are not also furnished for the purpose of causing, or the purpose of assisting in causing, death for any reason.

12 Every person who willfully, in any manner, advises, encourages, abets, or assists another person in taking his own life, is guilty of aiding suicide.

13 Penalty for Refusal to Honor Advance Directive A physician or other health care provider who willfully fails to arrange the care of a patient in accordance with Section of this title shall be guilty of unprofessional conduct.

14 An advance directive may be revoked in whole or in part at any time and in any manner by the declarant, without regard to the declarant's mental or physical condition. A revocation is effective upon communication to the attending physician or other health care provider by the declarant or a witness to the revocation.

15 Ethics Autonomy The Oklahoma Advance Directive Act recognizes the patient’s right to refuse any medical treatment in advance of a time when they may not be able to make their health decisions.

16 Beneficence Providing effective pain management is a benefit to a patient. If the physician’s intent is to relieve pain, there is no liability, even if the necessary medication hastens death.

17 Nonmaleficence The patient may refuse CPR, dialysis, nutrition, hydration and/or a respirator. The patient is the authority on what is the greater or lesser harm.

18 Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center Palliative Care is HOPE ! ! ! Resources Discussions Blog Oklahoma Law News & Events Bioethics Videos Advance Planning Videos

19 It’s your right to decide. If you don’t use it, you will lose it ! Questions? Annette Prince, J.D., L.C.S.W. Dept. of Family Medicine Room 2308 (405) , ext 32308

20  Oklahoma Advance Directive Act, Title 63 O.S. Sections ;  Hydration and Nutrition for Incompetent Patients Act, Title 63 O.S. Sections ;  Crimes and Punishments, Title 21 O.S. Sections


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