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Texas’ New “Do Not Resuscitate” Law Now In Effect

The law regulates DNR order procedures, and even adds criminal penalties, in certain cases

A ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order bars doctors and nurses from trying to save a patient's life.

SB 11 ushers in new DNR protocol and requires a patient's- or guardian's- consent before a doctor places a DNR order.

Dr. Richard Castriotta is a professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, at UT Health. He says the bill has some vague wording, but thinks it's well intentioned.

"It codifies a practice of medicine that has been in use for many years, and is part of the policies of most of the hospitals within the Texas medical center anyway," said Castriotta.

Critics have said the law leaves the impression that family members can overturn a DNR request.

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