Health & Safety Code Section 166.101
Duties of Department and Executive Commissioner
(a)The executive commissioner shall, on the recommendation of the department, adopt all reasonable and necessary rules to carry out the purposes of this subchapter, including rules:
(1)adopting a statewide out-of-hospital DNR order protocol that sets out standard procedures for the withholding of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and certain other life-sustaining treatment by health care professionals acting in out-of-hospital settings;
(2)designating life-sustaining treatment that may be included in an out-of-hospital DNR order, including all procedures listed in Sections 166.081 (Definitions)(6)(A)(i) through (v); and
(3)governing recordkeeping in circumstances in which an out-of-hospital DNR order or DNR identification device is encountered by responding health care professionals.
(b)The rules adopted under Subsection (a) are not effective until approved by the Texas Medical Board.
(c)Local emergency medical services authorities may adopt local out-of-hospital DNR order protocols if the local protocols do not conflict with the statewide out-of-hospital DNR order protocol adopted by the executive commissioner.
(d)The executive commissioner by rule shall specify a distinctive standard design for a necklace and a bracelet DNR identification device that signifies, when worn by a person, that the possessor has executed or issued a valid out-of-hospital DNR order under this subchapter or is a person for whom a valid out-of-hospital DNR order has been executed or issued.
(e)The department shall report to the executive commissioner from time to time regarding issues identified in emergency medical services responses in which an out-of-hospital DNR order or DNR identification device is encountered. The report may contain recommendations to the executive commissioner for necessary modifications to the form of the standard out-of-hospital DNR order or the designated life-sustaining procedures listed in the standard out-of-hospital DNR order, the statewide out-of-hospital DNR order protocol, or the DNR identification devices.
Section 166.101 — Duties of Department and Executive Commissioner,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.166.htm#166.101 (accessed Dec. 9, 2023).