2019 Alaska Statutes
Title 13. Decedents' Estates, Guardianships, Transfers, Trusts, and Health Care Decisions
Chapter 52. Health Care Decisions Act
Sec. 13.52.065. Do not resuscitate protocol and identification requirements.

Universal Citation: AK Stat § 13.52.065 (2019)

(a) A physician may issue a do not resuscitate order for a patient of the physician. The physician shall document the grounds for the order in the patient's medical file.

(b) The department shall by regulation adopt a protocol, subject to the approval of the State Medical Board, for do not resuscitate orders that sets out a standardized method of procedure for the withholding of cardiopulmonary resuscitation by health care providers and health care institutions.

(c) The department shall develop standardized designs and symbols for do not resuscitate identification cards, forms, necklaces, and bracelets that signify, when carried or worn, that the carrier or wearer is an individual for whom a physician has issued a do not resuscitate order.

(d) A health care provider other than a physician shall comply with the protocol adopted under (b) of this section for do not resuscitate orders when the health care provider is presented with a do not resuscitate identification, an oral do not resuscitate order issued directly by a physician if the applicable hospital allows oral do not resuscitate orders, or a written do not resuscitate order entered on and as required by a form prescribed by the department.

(e) Notwithstanding (d) of this section, if an individual has made an anatomical gift to occur at death and is in a hospital when a do not resuscitate order or an order to withdraw life-sustaining procedures is to be implemented for the individual, the order may not be implemented until the subject of the anatomical gift can be evaluated to determine if it is suitable for donation.

(f) A do not resuscitate order may not be made ineffective unless a physician revokes the do not resuscitate order, a patient for whom the order is written and who has capacity requests that the do not resuscitate order be revoked, or the patient for whom the order is written is under 18 years of age and the parent or guardian of the patient requests that the do not resuscitate order be revoked. Any physician of a patient for whom a do not resuscitate order is written may revoke the do not resuscitate order if the person for whom the order is written requests that the physician revoke the do not resuscitate order.

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