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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy

      Section: 26:2H-137: Construction of act.

9. Nothing in this act shall be construed to:

a. abridge a patient's right to refuse treatment under either the United States Constitution or the Constitution of the State of New Jersey;

b. impair the obligations of a health care professional to provide for the care and comfort of the patient and to alleviate pain, in accordance with accepted medical and nursing standards;

c. impair the legal validity of a written order not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a patient in the event that the patient suffers a cardiac or respiratory arrest, which is not part of a completed POLST form, if the order was signed by a physician prior to or after the effective date of this act and would be deemed valid under State law or regulation in effect prior to the date of enactment of this act;

d. require a health care professional, health care institution, or emergency care provider to participate in the beginning, continuing, withholding, or withdrawing of health care in a manner contrary to law or accepted medical standards;

e. require a private, religiously-affiliated health care institution to participate in the withholding or withdrawing of specified measures utilized to sustain life in a manner contrary to any of its written institutional policies and practices, except that the health care institution shall, with respect to a patient with a completed POLST form:

(1) properly communicate its institutional policies and practices to the patient, or to the patient's representative as applicable, prior to or upon the patient's admission, or as soon after admission as is practicable; and

(2) if its institutional policies and practices appear to conflict with the patient's legal rights, attempt to resolve the conflict and, if a mutually satisfactory accommodation cannot be reached, take all reasonable steps to effect the appropriate, timely, and respectful transfer of the patient to the care of another health care institution appropriate to the patient's needs, and assure that the patient is not abandoned or treated disrespectfully; or

f. revoke, restrict, or otherwise alter a patient's documented designation as a donor pursuant to P.L.2008, c.50 (C.26:6-77 et al.).

L.2011, c.145, s.9.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.

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