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SECTION 2994-L
Interinstitutional transfers
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 29-CC
§ 2994-l. Interinstitutional transfers. If a patient with an order to
withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment is transferred from a
mental hygiene facility to a hospital or from a hospital to a different
hospital, any such order or plan shall remain effective until an
attending practitioner first examines the transferred patient, whereupon
an attending practitioner must either:

1. Issue appropriate orders to continue the prior order or plan. Such
orders may be issued without obtaining another consent to withhold or
withdraw life-sustaining treatment pursuant to this article; or

2. Cancel such order, if the attending practitioner determines that
the order is no longer appropriate or authorized. Before canceling the
order the attending practitioner shall make reasonable efforts to notify
the person who made the decision to withhold or withdraw treatment and
the hospital staff directly responsible for the patient's care of any
such cancellation. If such notice cannot reasonably be made prior to
canceling the order or plan, the attending practitioner shall make such
notice as soon as reasonably practicable after cancellation.