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Senate Bill 0550

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB 550 (Updated April 27, 2007 3:35 pm - DI 107)

Anatomical gifts. Provides that the law concerning the anatomical gift promotion fund expires July 1, 2012, instead of July 1, 2007. Adds references to Donate Life Indiana in the anatomical gift promotion fund law. Repeals the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (current act) and replaces it with the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. Keeps language from the current act concerning: (1) anatomical gifts to specified donees and the amendment or revocation of these gifts; (2) individuals or entities that may petition a probate court to determine whether an individual has made an anatomical gift or revoked an anatomical gift; (3) hospitals inquiring whether patients are, or would like to be organ donors; and (4) certain immunities regarding anatomical gifts. Provides that if a prospective organ donor has a declaration or an advance health care directive, hospitals must use measures necessary to allow a procurement agency to determine the medical suitability of an organ by insuring that life support is not withdrawn before consultation with the procurement agency. Requires a coroner to cooperate with a procurement organization to maximize the opportunity to recover anatomical gifts. Requires a coroner to document why a postmortem examination occurred outside of a compatible period. Provides that if a coroner or designee of a coroner must be present at certain removal procedures or perform duties at times other than those that are usual and customary for the coroner or designee to maximize tissue or eye recovery, at the request of the coroner or designee, the procurement organization that requested the recovery of a part of a body shall reimburse the coroner or designee for the additional costs incurred by the coroner or designee. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor if an individual, in order to obtain a financial gain, intentionally falsifies, forges, conceals, defaces, or obliterates a document that expresses, makes an amendment to, or refuses a gift of organs, tissues, eyes, or body part intended to be used in research or in transplants. Makes conforming amendments.
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