Health & Safety Code Section 166.089
Compliance with Out-of-hospital Dnr Order
(a)When responding to a call for assistance, health care professionals shall honor an out-of-hospital DNR order in accordance with the statewide out-of-hospital DNR protocol and, where applicable, locally adopted out-of-hospital DNR protocols not in conflict with the statewide protocol if:
(1)the responding health care professionals discover an executed or issued out-of-hospital DNR order form on their arrival at the scene; and
(2)the responding health care professionals comply with this section.
(b)If the person is wearing a DNR identification device, the responding health care professionals must comply with Section 166.090 (Dnr Identification Device).
(c)The responding health care professionals must establish the identity of the person as the person who executed or issued the out-of-hospital DNR order or for whom the out-of-hospital DNR order was executed or issued.
(d)The responding health care professionals must determine that the out-of-hospital DNR order form appears to be valid in that it includes:
(1)written responses in the places designated on the form for the names, signatures, and other information required of persons executing or issuing, or witnessing or acknowledging as applicable, the execution or issuance of, the order;
(2)a date in the place designated on the form for the date the order was executed or issued; and
(3)the signature or digital or electronic signature of the declarant or persons executing or issuing the order and the attending physician in the appropriate places designated on the form for indicating that the order form has been properly completed.
(e)If the conditions prescribed by Subsections (a) through (d) are not determined to apply by the responding health care professionals at the scene, the out-of-hospital DNR order may not be honored and life-sustaining procedures otherwise required by law or local emergency medical services protocols shall be initiated or continued. Health care professionals acting in out-of-hospital settings are not required to accept or interpret an out-of-hospital DNR order that does not meet the requirements of this subchapter.
(f)The out-of-hospital DNR order form or a copy of the form, when available, must accompany the person during transport.
(g)A record shall be made and maintained of the circumstances of each emergency medical services response in which an out-of-hospital DNR order or DNR identification device is encountered, in accordance with the statewide out-of-hospital DNR protocol and any applicable local out-of-hospital DNR protocol not in conflict with the statewide protocol.
(h)An out-of-hospital DNR order executed or issued and documented or evidenced in the manner prescribed by this subchapter is valid and shall be honored by responding health care professionals unless the person or persons found at the scene:
(1)identify themselves as the declarant or as the attending physician, legal guardian, qualified relative, or agent of the person having a medical power of attorney who executed or issued the out-of-hospital DNR order on behalf of the person; and
(2)request that cardiopulmonary resuscitation or certain other life-sustaining treatment designated by department rule be initiated or continued.
(i)If the policies of a health care facility preclude compliance with the out-of-hospital DNR order of a person or an out-of-hospital DNR order issued by an attending physician on behalf of a person who is admitted to or a resident of the facility, or if the facility is unwilling to accept DNR identification devices as evidence of the existence of an out-of-hospital DNR order, that facility shall take all reasonable steps to notify the person or, if the person is incompetent, the person’s guardian or the person or persons having authority to make health care treatment decisions on behalf of the person, of the facility’s policy and shall take all reasonable steps to effect the transfer of the person to the person’s home or to a facility where the provisions of this subchapter can be carried out.
Section 166.089 — Compliance with Out-of-hospital Dnr Order,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.166.htm#166.089 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).