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MAY 7, 2015 – House Bill 64, the DMOST statute, has passed both houses of the legislature and is on its way to the Governor.

To read more about HB 64, sponsored by  Representative Michael Barbieri and co-sponsored by Senator Bethany Hall-Long, click the link below:

http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis148.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+64/$file/legis.html?open

The Delaware Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (DMOST)  program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life by translating patient/resident goals and preferences into medical orders.

DMOST is based on communication between the patient/resident, Health Care Agent or other designated decision-maker and health care professionals that ensures informed medical decision-making.

Honoring patient preferences is a critical element in providing quality end-of-life care. To enable physicians and other health care providers to discuss and convey a patient’s wishes regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and life-sustaining treatment, this coalition is working to create statute and regulations that can be used statewide by health care providers and facilities as the legal equivalent of an inpatient Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form.

DMOST is intended to provide a single document that will function as an actionable medical order and could transition with a patient through all health care settings. It is intended that the form will be transported with the patient between different health care settings in order that their wishes for life-sustaining treatment and CPR will be clearly indicated.