1. A patient, surrogate, or parent or guardian of a minor patient may at any time revoke his or her consent to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment by informing an attending practitioner or a member of the medical or nursing staff of the revocation.

Terms Used In N.Y. Public Health Law 2994-J

  • Attending practitioner: means a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, selected by or assigned to a patient pursuant to hospital policy, who has primary responsibility for the treatment and care of the patient. See N.Y. Public Health Law 2994-A
  • Hospital: means a general hospital, a residential health care facility, or hospice. See N.Y. Public Health Law 2994-A
  • Life-sustaining treatment: means any medical treatment or procedure without which the patient will die within a relatively short time, as determined by an attending physician to a reasonable degree of medical certainty. See N.Y. Public Health Law 2994-A
  • Minor: means any person who is not an adult. See N.Y. Public Health Law 2994-A
  • Patient: means a person admitted to a hospital. See N.Y. Public Health Law 2994-A
  • Surrogate: means the person selected to make a health care decision on behalf of a patient pursuant to section twenty-nine hundred ninety-four-d of this article. See N.Y. Public Health Law 2994-A

2. An attending practitioner informed of a revocation of consent made pursuant to this section shall immediately:

(a) record the revocation in the patient’s medical record;

(b) cancel any orders implementing the decision to withhold or withdraw treatment; and

(c) notify the hospital staff directly responsible for the patient’s care of the revocation and any cancellations.

3. Any member of the medical or nursing staff, other than a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, informed of a revocation made pursuant to this section shall immediately notify an attending practitioner of the revocation.