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Is it legal for a heart dr. to ask a patient that just had a

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Is it legal for a heart dr. to ask a patient that just had a heart attack and angioplasty to ask her to sign DNR?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location. Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Texas
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Customer: She had heart attack yesterday and angio done today without any family member present she wasn't able to sit up yet after angio.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 7 months ago.
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It is legal as long as the patient is mentally competent. However, unlike any other contracts, she can revoke her DNR at any time in writing and she needs to do so. A doctor may ask a patient to sign documents prior to a procedure as long as they find the patient is mentally competent and able to sign the document and they fully inform them of the contents. However, if the patient was not mentally competent or did not have full disclosure by the doctor, then this could be malpractice if she suffered harm as a result, if she has not suffered harm she may revoke the DNR now in writing and have her revocation included in the file.
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