To ensure organizational compliance with the Washington State Death with Dignity Act.
The Washington Death with Dignity Act, Initiative 1000, passed on November 4, 2008, and went into effect on March 5, 2009. This Act allows some terminally ill patients to request and use lethal doses of medication from qualified medical providers as part of their end-of-life care. A terminally ill patient must be eligible to use the Death with Dignity end-of-life care:
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Policy for Kittitas Valley Healthcare
Legal Options for Terminally Ill Patients
There are a number of options available to patients when they are considering their end of life care, to include hospice, palliative care, comfort care, pain management, the right to refuse or withdraw treatment, and the right to request a prescription for a lethal dose of medication to end their life.