Legislative Update: Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders

Public 96-765 amends the the Health Care Surrogate Act affecting Do-Not-Resuscitate orders. It makes three changes: (1) Requires only one witness instead of two. (2) Requires that the witness attest that the person executing the DNR order was given an opportunity to read the form and either signed the form or acknowledged his or her signature or mark on the form in the witness’s presence. (3) Changes the language from “DNR” order to “do-not-resuscitate” order. This Illinois bill which comes into effect January 1, 2010 will effect medical malpractice cases.

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