Aug. 19th, 2009

miraje: (meredith grey)
(5)(A) For purposes of this section, the term ‘order
regarding life sustaining treatment’ means, with respect
to an individual, an actionable medical order relating to
the treatment of that individual that—

(i) is signed and dated by a physician (as defined in subsection (r)(1)) or another health care
professional (as specified by the Secretary and who
is acting within the scope of the professional’s authority under State law in signing such an order, in-
cluding a nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
and is in a form that permits it to stay with the individual and be followed by health care professionals
and providers across the continuum of care;

(ii) effectively communicates the individual’s
preferences regarding life sustaining treatment, including an indication of the treatment and care desired by the individual;

(iii) is uniquely identifiable and standardized
within a given locality, region, or State (as identified
by the Secretary); and

(iv) may incorporate any advance directive (as
defined in section 1866(f)(3)) if executed by the individual.

(B) The level of treatment indicated under subparagraph (A)(ii) may range from an indication for full treatment to an indication to limit some or all or specified
interventions. Such indicated levels of treatment may include indications respecting, among other items—

(i) the intensity of medical intervention if the
patient is pulse less, apneic, or has serious cardiac
or pulmonary problems;
(ii) the individual’s desire regarding transfer
to a hospital or remaining at the current care setting;
(iii) the use of antibiotics; and
(iv) the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

People need to learn how to fucking read, seriously. I was using this as a guide for where all the scary legislation supposedly is (although I think I'm missing half the list). The freakin' bill DEFINES what ‘order regarding life sustaining treatment’ is and people still see the word "order" and think it means the government is going to execute people.

I'm still sifting through the bill, so I haven't gotten to some of the other controversial parts yet. So far I have to disagree with several of the items on that FreeRepublic list. I read through the technical jargon on the pages listed, and it doesn't seem to say what they think it says.


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