§ 44-77-10 Short title
§ 44-77-20 Definitions
§ 44-77-30 When life-sustaining procedures may be withheld
§ 44-77-40 Validity of declaration
§ 44-77-50 Form of declaration
§ 44-77-65 Supplementation of declaration under prior or foreign law with artificial nutrition and hydration instructions
§ 44-77-70 Ineffectiveness of declaration during course of declarant’s pregnancy
§ 44-77-80 Revocation of declaration
§ 44-77-85 Agent may be appointed to effectuate declaration
§ 44-77-90 Reliance on declaration; presumption of good faith; immunity from liability
§ 44-77-100 Substitution of willing physician or health care worker for one unwilling to effectuate declaration
§ 44-77-110 Execution and consummation of declaration as not constituting suicide
§ 44-77-120 Declaration as a condition for insurance, receipt of medical treatment, or admission to hospital or nursing home
§ 44-77-130 Chapter not to be construed to authorize or approve mercy killing
§ 44-77-140 No presumption as to intent to arise from absence of declaration; other legal rights not impaired
§ 44-77-160 Penalties

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 44 > Chapter 77

  • Active treatment: means the standard of reasonable professional care that would be rendered by a physician to a patient in the absence of a declaration including, but not limited to, hospitalization and medication. See South Carolina Code 41-33-50
  • Declarant: means a person who has signed a declaration in accordance with Sections 44-77-40 and 44-77-50, in accordance with earlier, current, or future versions of this chapter, or in accordance with the law of another state if the declaration provided for by the law expresses an intent that is substantially the same as the intent of the declaration provided in Section 44-77-40. See South Carolina Code 41-33-50
  • Life-sustaining procedures: means any medical procedures or intervention which would serve only to prolong the dying process and where, in the judgment of the attending physician, death will occur whether or not the procedures are utilized. See South Carolina Code 41-33-50
  • Permanent unconsciousness: means a medical diagnosis, consistent with accepted standards of medical practice, that a person is in a persistent vegetative state or some other irreversible condition in which the person has no neocortical functioning, but only involuntary vegetative or primitive reflex functions controlled by the brain stem. See South Carolina Code 41-33-50
  • Person: means an individual, partnership, committee, association, corporation, hospital, or other organization or group. See South Carolina Code 41-33-50
  • Physician: means a person licensed to practice medicine. See South Carolina Code 41-33-50
  • Terminal condition: means an incurable or irreversible condition that, within reasonable medical judgment, could cause death within a reasonably short period of time if life-sustaining procedures are not used. See South Carolina Code 41-33-50