SB 0515 Organ Donation-Donor Can Make Gift Irrevocable Upon Death
LR Number:S2382.02P Fiscal Note:2382-02
Committee:Public Health and Welfare
Last Action:05/06/96 - Referred H Science, Technology & Critical Issues Committee
Title:SCS/SBs 515 & 584
Effective Date:August 28, 1996
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SBs 515 & 584 - This act makes a donor's anatomical gift irrevocable if the donor signs a written statement indicating intent to make such a gift, and the statement is signed by two witnesses, notarized, or included in the donor's durable power of attorney, and if it is not revoked before death, either orally or in writing.

When a hospital cannot ascertain a patient's attorney in fact acting under a durable power of attorney, or the next-of- kin, based on available information, the hospital shall notify and request consent to a donation from any other person authorized to dispose of the body. The hospital shall make reasonable efforts to ascertain whether the patient has next-of- kin.

Organ procurement organizations and tissue banks may employ coordinators to assist in the procurement of cadaveric organs and tissue for transplant and research. A coordinator is under direct supervision of a physician or surgeon for organ procurement surgery, and indirect supervision otherwise. Indirect supervision means that the physician or surgeon is responsible for the medical actions of the coordinator. The physician or surgeon will be available in person or by phone to provide medical direction, consultation or advice. The coordinator shall be subject to any written policies for medical staff at the hospital where his or her duties are performed.

A coroner or medical examiner shall make reasonable efforts to accommodate organ donation.

This act is similar to HB 146 (1995).