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SECTION 2994-EE
Obligation to honor a nonhospital order not to resuscitate
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 29-CCC
§ 2994-ee. Obligation to honor a nonhospital order not to resuscitate.
Emergency medical services personnel, home care services agency
personnel, hospice personnel, or hospital emergency services personnel
who are provided with a nonhospital order not to resuscitate, or who
identify the standard bracelet on the patient's body, shall comply with
the terms of such order; provided, however, that:

1. Emergency medical services personnel, home care services agency
personnel, hospice personnel, or hospital emergency services personnel
may disregard the order if:

(a) They believe in good faith that consent to the order has been
revoked, or that the order has been cancelled; or

(b) Family members or others on the scene, excluding such personnel,
object to the order and physical confrontation appears likely; and

2. Hospital emergency services physicians and hospital emergency
services nurse practitioners and physician assistants may direct that
the order be disregarded if other significant and exceptional medical
circumstances warrant disregarding the order.