In this subchapter:

Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 154.17

  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Qualified: when applied to any person elected or appointed to office, means that such person has done those things which the person was by law required to do before entering upon the duties of the person's office. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
   (1)   “Do-not-resuscitate bracelet” means a standardized identification bracelet that meets the specifications established under s. 154.27 (1), or that is approved by the department under s. 154.27 (2), that bears the inscription “Do Not Resuscitate” and signifies that the wearer is a qualified patient who has obtained a do-not-resuscitate order and that the order has not been revoked.
   (2)   “Do-not-resuscitate order” means a written order issued under the requirements of this subchapter that directs emergency medical services practitioners, emergency medical responders, and emergency health care facilities personnel not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a person for whom the order is issued if that person suffers cardiac or respiratory arrest.
   (2r)   “Emergency medical responder” has the meaning given under s. 256.01 (4p).
   (3)   “Emergency medical services practitioner” has the meaning given under s. 256.01 (5).
   (4)   “Qualified patient” means a person who has attained the age of 18 and to whom any of the following conditions applies:
      (a)    The person has a terminal condition.
      (b)    The person has a medical condition such that, were the person to suffer cardiac or pulmonary failure, resuscitation would be unsuccessful in restoring cardiac or respiratory function or the person would experience repeated cardiac or pulmonary failure within a short period before death occurs.
      (c)    The person has a medical condition such that, were the person to suffer cardiac or pulmonary failure, resuscitation of that person would cause significant physical pain or harm that would outweigh the possibility that resuscitation would successfully restore cardiac or respiratory function for an indefinite period of time.
   (5)   “Resuscitation” means cardiopulmonary resuscitation or any component of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including cardiac compression, endotracheal intubation and other advanced airway management, artificial ventilation, defibrillation, administration of cardiac resuscitation medications and related procedures. “Resuscitation” does not include the Heimlich maneuver or similar procedure used to expel an obstruction from the throat.