2005 California Probate Code Sections 4780-4786 PART 4. REQUEST TO FORGO RESUSCITATIVE MEASURESPROBATE CODE
4780. (a) As used in this part: (1) "Request to forgo resuscitative measures" means a written document, signed by (A) an individual, or a legally recognized surrogate health care decisionmaker, and (B) a physician, that directs a health care provider to forgo resuscitative measures for the individual. (2) "Request to forgo resuscitative measures" includes a prehospital "do not resuscitate" form as developed by the Emergency Medical Services Authority or other substantially similar form. (b) A request to forgo resuscitative measures may also be evidenced by a medallion engraved with the words "do not resuscitate" or the letters "DNR," a patient identification number, and a 24-hour toll-free telephone number, issued by a person pursuant to an agreement with the Emergency Medical Services Authority. 4781. As used in this part, "health care provider" includes, but is not limited to, the following: (a) Persons described in Section 4621. (b) Emergency response employees, including, but not limited to, firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians I and II, paramedics, and employees and volunteer members of legally organized and recognized volunteer organizations, who are trained in accordance with standards adopted as regulations by the Emergency Medical Services Authority pursuant to Sections 1797.170, 1797.171, 1797.172, 1797.182, and 1797.183 of the Health and Safety Code to respond to medical emergencies in the course of performing their volunteer or employee duties with the organization. 4782. A health care provider who honors a request to forgo resuscitative measures is not subject to criminal prosecution, civil liability, discipline for unprofessional conduct, administrative sanction, or any other sanction, as a result of his or her reliance on the request, if the health care provider (a) believes in good faith that the action or decision is consistent with this part, and (b) has no knowledge that the action or decision would be inconsistent with a health care decision that the individual signing the request would have made on his or her own behalf under like circumstances. 4783. (a) Forms for requests to forgo resuscitative measures printed after January 1, 1995, shall contain the following: "By signing this form, the surrogate acknowledges that this request to forgo resuscitative measures is consistent with the known desires of, and with the best interest of, the individual who is the subject of the form." (b) A substantially similar printed form is valid and enforceable if all of the following conditions are met: (1) The form is signed by the individual, or the individual's legally recognized surrogate health care decisionmaker, and a physician. (2) The form directs health care providers to forgo resuscitative measures. (3) The form contains all other information required by this section. 4784. In the absence of knowledge to the contrary, a health care provider may presume that a request to forgo resuscitative measures is valid and unrevoked. 4785. This part applies regardless of whether the individual executing a request to forgo resuscitative measures is within or outside a hospital or other health care institution. 4786. This part does not repeal or narrow laws relating to health care decisionmaking.
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