2015 Kentucky Revised Statutes
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311.623 Living will directive or medical order for scope of treatment -- Eligible
persons -- Scope -- Effect -- Recognition of person's desire not to be
An adult with decisional capacity may make a written living will directive that does
any or all of the following:
(a) Directs the withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment; or
(b) Directs the withholding or withdrawal of artificially provided nutrition or
(c) Designates one (1) or more adults as a surrogate or successor surrogate to
make health care decisions on behalf of the grantor. During any period in
which two (2) or more surrogates are serving, all decisions shall be by
unanimous consent of all the acting surrogates unless the advance directive
provides otherwise; or
(d) Directs the giving of all or any part of the adult's body upon death for any
purpose specified in KRS 311.1929.
Except as provided in KRS 311.633, a living will directive made pursuant to this
section or a medical order for scope of treatment made pursuant to KRS 311.6225
shall be honored by a grantor's family, regular family physician or attending
physician, and any health care facility of or in which the grantor is a patient.
For purposes of KRS 311.621 to 311.643, notification to any emergency medical
responder as defined by KRS Chapter 211 or any paramedic as defined by KRS
Chapter 311, of a person's authentic wish not to be resuscitated shall be recognized
only if on a standard form or identification approved by the Kentucky Board of
Medical Licensure, in consultation with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services,
or a standard medical order for scope of treatment form approved by the Kentucky
Board of Medical Licensure pursuant to KRS 311.6225.
Effective: June 24, 2015
History: Amended 2015 Ky. Acts ch. 3, sec. 3, effective June 24, 2015. -- Amended
2010 Ky. Acts ch. 161, sec. 30, effective July 15, 2010. -- Amended 2005 Ky. Acts
ch. 99, sec. 586, effective June 20, 2005. -- Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 392, sec. 1,
effective July 15, 1998; and. ch. 426, sec. 538, effective July 15, 1998. -- Created
1994 Ky. Acts ch. 235, sec. 2, effective July 15, 1994.
CHAPTER 311 - PHYSICIANS, OSTEOPATHS, PODIATRISTS, AND RELATED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
311.623 Living will directive or medical order for scope of treatment -- Eligible persons -- Scope -- Effect -- Recognition of person's desire not to be resuscitated.
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