Louisiana Durable Power of Attorney Laws
|Code Section||R.S. 40:1299.58.1 (c) et seq. Declarations Concerning Life-sustaining Procedures|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||Any medical procedure or intervention, including but not limited to invasive administration of nutrition and hydration, which would serve only to prolong the dying process for a person diagnosed as having a terminal and irreversible condition. Does not include any measure necessary for comfort care|
|Legal Requirements for Durable Power of Attorney||The declaration made under statutory "Declarations Concerning Life-sustaining Procedures" may include designation of another person to make treatment decision for the declarant should s/he be diagnosed with terminal or irreversible condition and be comatose, incompetent or otherwise mentally or physically incapable of communication (sample form §1299.58.3 (c))|
|Revocation of Durable Power of Attorney||Revocable at any time by declarant without regard to mental state or competency by (1) destruction of document; (2) written revocation signed and dated by declarant; (3) oral or nonverbal expression by declarant of intent to revoke. Effective upon communication to physician|
|Validity from State-to-State||Declaration properly executed in and under the laws of another states is deemed to be validly executed.|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney||Physician shall make reasonable effort to transfer patient to another physician|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||Any health care facility, physician or other person acting under their direction shall not be criminally, civilly, or professionally liable for withholding life-sustaining procedures in accordance with the provisions of this chapter|
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