Current as of: 2011
(a) All hospitals covered by this section shall, if possible, ascertain from a patient upon an inpatient admission whether or not the patient has a validly executed donor card, will, other document of gift, or driver's license or identification card evidencing an anatomical gift. A hospital shall ascertain this information by including an inquiry on the hospital admission form to read as follows:
"Do you have a validly executed donor card, will, other document of gift, or drivers license or identification card evidencing an anatomical gift?"
The absence of a document of anatomical gift, in and of itself, shall not create any presumption regarding the patient's wishes regarding anatomical donation.
(b) All hospitals shall maintain as a part of a patient's permanent record such pertinent information about any anatomical gift which will facilitate the carrying out of the patient's wishes in the event of the patient's death. Upon the death of a patient who has made an anatomical gift, such hospital shall make every reasonable effort to contact without delay the person, institution or organization to which such gift has been made.
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