Oregon Statutes - Chapter 127 - Powers of Attorney; Advance Directives for Health Care; Declarations for Mental Health Treatment; Death with Dignity - Section 127.540 - Limitations on authority of health care representative.

ORS 127.505 to 127.660 and 127.995 do not authorize an appointed health care representative to make a health care decision with respect to any of the following on behalf of the principal:

(1) Admission to or retention in a health care facility for care or treatment of mental illness.

(2) Convulsive treatment.

(3) Psychosurgery.

(4) Sterilization.

(5) Abortion.

(6) Withholding or withdrawing of a life-sustaining procedure unless:

(a) The appointed health care representative has been given authority to make decisions on withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining procedures; or

(b) The principal has been medically confirmed to be in one of the following conditions:

(A) A terminal condition.

(B) Permanently unconscious.

(C) A condition in which administration of life-sustaining procedures would not benefit the principalís medical condition and would cause permanent and severe pain.

(D) A progressive, debilitating illness that will be fatal and is in its advanced stages, and the principal is consistently and permanently unable to communicate, swallow food and water safely, care for the principal, and recognize the principalís family and other people, and there is no reasonable chance that the principalís underlying condition will improve.

(7) Withholding or withdrawing artificially administered nutrition and hydration, other than hyperalimentation, necessary to sustain life except as provided in ORS 127.580. [1989 c.914 §8; 1993 c.442 §18; 1993 c.767 §10]

(Provisions Generally Applicable to Advance Directives and Health Care Decisions)

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