Rumford family on hand for law signing

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AUGUSTA – Arthur Boivin of Rumford and his family were present when Gov. John Baldacci signed into law the new do-not-resuscitate directive

Boivin’s wife, Lyanne Boivin, died last year without the family having the benefit of the now simplified procedures available. The rules that emergency medical personnel must follow when they encounter a do-not-resuscitate order are changed.

The order will now be a one-page document and the law dropped the requirement that a doctor must write the order, while ensuring informed consent for the decision to refuse potentially lifesaving treatments.

The directive form must also be made widely available, including in a downloadable format from the Internet.

Maine Emergency Medical Services will also be required to report back to the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee in January 2007 after consulting with interested parties in the working group as it continues to work on the issue and recommend any additional changes necessary

Because the issue touches most families, it was submitted as emergency legislation and became law as soon as it was signed by the governor. To find out more about this or any other legislation, visit the Legislature’s Web site at http://janus.state.me.us/legis or call the Legislative Information Office at 287-1692.

Anyone wishing to discuss this or any other issue with Sen. Bruce Bryant may contact him at the State House at 1-800-423-6900 or 287-1515 or e-mail sen.bryant@verizon.net.

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