Statutory Advance Directive As Provided By Oklahoma Statutes Citationized

Advance Directive as provided by Oklahoma Statutes Citationized §63-3101.4. Includes: living will, health care proxy, anatomical gifts, and general provisions.

§63-3101.4

A. An individual of sound mind and eighteen (18) years of age or older may execute at any time an advance directive for health care governing the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. The advance directive shall be signed by the declarant and witnessed by two individuals who are eighteen (18) years of age or older who are not legatees, devisees, or heirs at law.

B. An advance directive that is not in the form set forth in subsection C of this section and that is executed in Oklahoma shall not be deemed to authorize the withholding or withdrawal of artificially administered nutrition and/or hydration unless it specifically authorizes the withholding or withdrawal of artificially administered nutrition and/or hydration 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 which section, paragraph, or other subdivision is separately initialed, separately signed, or otherwise separately marked by the declarant.

C. An advance directive may be in substantially the following form:

Advance Directive for Health Care

If I am incapable of making an informed decision regarding my health care, I direct my health care providers to follow my instructions below.

I. Living Will

If my attending physician and another physician determine that I am no longer able to make decisions regarding my medical treatment, I direct my attending physician and other health care providers, pursuant to the Oklahoma Advance Directive Act, to follow my instructions as set forth below:

(1) If I have a terminal condition, that is, an incurable and irreversible condition that even with the administration of life-sustaining treatment will, in the opinion of the attending physician and another physician, result in death within six (6) months:

_____ I direct that my life not be extended by life-sustaining treatment, except that if I
am unable to take food and water by mouth, I wish to receive artificially administered
nutrition and hydration.

Initial only
one option

_____ I direct that my life not be extended by life-sustaining treatment, including
artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

_____ I direct that I be given life-sustaining treatment and, if I am unable to take food
and water by mouth, I wish to receive artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

_____

See my more specific instructions in paragraph (4) below.
(Initial if applicable)

(2) If I am persistently unconscious, that is, I have an irreversible condition, as determined by the attending physician and another physician, in which thought and awareness of self and environment are absent:

_____ I direct that my life not be extended by life-sustaining treatment, except that if I
am unable to take food and water by mouth, I wish to receive artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

Initial only
one option

_____ I direct that my life not be extended by life-sustaining treatment, including
artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

_____ I direct that I be given life-sustaining treatment and, if I am unable to take food
and water by mouth, I wish to receive artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

_____

See my more specific instructions in paragraph (4) below.
(Initial if applicable)

(3) If I have an end-stage condition, that is, a condition caused by injury, disease, or illness, which results in severe and permanent deterioration indicated by incompetency and complete physical dependency for which treatment of the irreversible condition would be medically ineffective:

_____ I direct that my life not be extended by life-sustaining treatment, except that if I
am unable to take food and water by mouth, I wish to receive artificially administered
nutrition and hydration.

Initial only
one option

_____ I direct that my life not be extended by life-sustaining treatment, including
artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

_____ I direct that I be given life-sustaining treatment and, if I am unable to take food
and water by mouth, I wish to receive artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

_____

See my more specific instructions in paragraph (4) below.
(Initial if applicable)

(4) OTHER. Here you may:

(a) describe other conditions in which you would want life-sustaining treatment or artificially administered nutrition and hydration provided, withheld, or withdrawn,

(b) give more specific instructions about your wishes concerning life-sustaining treatment or artificially administered nutrition and hydration if you have a terminal condition, are persistently unconscious, or have an end-stage condition, or

(c) do both of these:

________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

_______
Initial

II. My Appointment of My Health Care Proxy

If my attending physician and another physician determine that I am no longer able to make decisions regarding my medical treatment, I direct my attending physician and other health care providers pursuant to the Oklahoma Advance Directive Act to follow the instructions of _______________, whom I appoint as my health care proxy. If my health care proxy is unable or unwilling to serve, I appoint ______________ as my alternate health care proxy with the same authority. My health care proxy is authorized to make whatever medical treatment decisions I could make if I were able, except that decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment and artificially administered nutrition and hydration can be made by my health care proxy or alternate health care proxy only as I have indicated in the foregoing sections.

If I fail to designate a health care proxy in this section, I am deliberately declining to designate a health care proxy.

III. Anatomical Gifts

Pursuant to the provisions of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, I direct that at the time of my death my entire body or designated body organs or body parts be donated for purposes of:

(Initial all that apply)

_____ transplantation

_____ therapy

_____ advancement of medical science, research, or education

_____ advancement of dental science, research, or education

Death means either irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions or irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. If I initial the "yes" line below, I specifically donate:

_____

My entire body

or

_____

The following body organs or parts:

_____

lungs

_____

liver

_____

pancreas

_____

heart

_____

kidneys

_____

brain

_____

skin

_____

bones/marrow

_____

blood/fluids

_____

tissue

_____

arteries

_____

eyes/cornea/lens

IV. General Provisions

a. I understand that I must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to execute this form.

b. I understand that my witnesses must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and shall not be related to me and shall not inherit from me.

c. I understand that if I have been diagnosed as pregnant and that diagnosis is known to my attending physician, I will be provided with life-sustaining treatment and artificially administered hydration and nutrition unless I have, in my own words, specifically authorized that during a course of pregnancy, life-sustaining treatment and/or artificially administered hydration and/or nutrition shall be withheld or withdrawn.

d. In the absence of my ability to give directions regarding the use of life-sustaining procedures, it is my intention that this advance directive shall be honored by my family and physicians as the final expression of my legal right to choose or refuse medical or surgical treatment including, but not limited to, the administration of life-sustaining procedures, and I accept the consequences of such choice or refusal.

e. This advance directive shall be in effect until it is revoked.

f. I understand that I may revoke this advance directive at any time.

g. I understand and agree that if I have any prior directives, and if I sign this advance directive, my prior directives are revoked.

h. I understand the full importance of this advance directive and I am emotionally and mentally competent to make this advance directive.

i. I understand that my physician(s) shall make all decisions based upon his or her best judgment applying with ordinary care and diligence the knowledge and skill that is possessed and used by members of the physician’s profession in good standing engaged in the same field of practice at that time, measured by national standards.

Signed this _____ day of __________, 20 _____.

___________________________________

(Signature) ___________________________________

City of ___________________________________

County, Oklahoma ___________________________________

Date of birth _______________________________________

(Optional for identification purposes)

This advance directive was signed in my presence.

___________________________________

Witness ___________________________, Oklahoma

Residence ___________________________________

Witness ___________________________, Oklahoma

Residence

D. A physician or other health care provider who is furnished the original or a photocopy of the advance directive shall make it a part of the declarant's medical record and, if unwilling to comply with the advance directive, promptly so advise the declarant.

E. In the case of a qualified patient, the patient's health care proxy, in consultation with the attending physician, shall have the authority to make treatment decisions for the patient including the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures if so indicated in the patient's advance directive.

F. A person executing an advance directive appointing a health care proxy who may not have an attending physician for reasons based on established religious beliefs or tenets may designate an individual other than the designated health care proxy, in lieu of an attending physician and other physician, to determine the lack of decisional capacity of the person. Such designation shall be specified and included as part of the advance directive executed pursuant to the provisions of this section.

Historical Data

Added by Laws 1992, HB 1893, c. 114, § 4, eff. September 1, 1992; Amended by Laws 1995, HB 1969, c. 99, § 1, eff. November 1, 1995; Amended by Laws 2003, HB 1611, c. 270, § 1, eff. November 1, 2003 (superseded document available); Amended by Laws 2004, HB 2568, c. 166, § 1, eff. November 1, 2004 (superseded document available); Amended by Laws 2006, SB 1624, c. 171, § 6, emerg. eff. May 17, 2006 (superseded document available).