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Posted on January 22, 2017 at 5:30 AM
Rep. Rick West

Oklahoma law requires that patients receive artificial nutrition and hydration, notwithstanding general advance directive instructions, unless the patient “specifically  authorizes the withholding or withdrawal of artificially administered nutrition and/or hydration.”

This special authorization must be done “in the declarant’s own words or by a separate section, separate paragraph, or other separate subdivision that deals only with nutrition and/or hydration . . . and . . . is separately initialed, separately signed, or otherwise separately marked.”

A new bill would also require this same separate and specific authorization for the withholding or withdrawal of “artificially implanted medical device.”

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