Death With Dignity Checklist for Patients

This checklist provides an overview of the steps involved in obtaining a prescription for life-ending medication under the Washington State Death with Dignity (DWD) law. It also outlines the law’s qualification criteria and lists current life-ending medication prescription options. An overview of End of Life Washington’s client support services is also provided.

Do You Qualify?

  • Resident of Washington (contact us) for more information if you are out-of-state)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Mentally competent to make an informed decision at the time of your request
  • Terminal illness with life expectancy of 6 months or less
  • Able to self-ingest the medications (contact us if you are unsure)

Requirements of the Law

  • An Attending Physician (AP) who writes the prescriptions
  • A Consulting Physician (CP) who verifies the diagnosis and prognosis
  • Two oral requests for DWD with a minimum of 15 days between
  • A written request for life-ending medications (Download Request for Medication form)

Step-by Step Instructions

  • Make a clear request to use the WA Death with Dignity law to a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), and be sure it is recorded in your medical chart.
  • Identify and see an MD or DO who is willing to act as the Attending (Prescribing) Physician.
  • Identify and see an MD or DO who is willing to act as the Consulting Physician.
  • After seeing both AP and CP, complete the written request for medications and return it to the AP. Note: Be sure it is witnessed by two people at the time of signing.
  • At least 15 days after the first oral request was recorded, make a second oral request for DWD to the Attending Physician.

Medications

No matter which you choose, your experience is peaceful.

Medications are mixed in 2-4 ounces of liquid (alcohol recommended) and ingested

  • Seconal (approximate cost $3200)
  • DDMP2 – a compounded mixture of digoxin, diazepam, morphine and propranolol (approximate cost $750)

End of Life Washington Services

  • Our volunteers can help you find supporting physicians
  • Our services are free
  • Our volunteers can be there for you and your loved ones should you decide to take life-ending medications, so your final moments are burden-free for everyone present
  • Submit an online support request or call us at 206.256.1636, option 1

Death-with-Dignity Checklist

This checklist provides an overview of the steps involved in obtaining a prescription for life-ending medications under the Washington State Death with Dignity law. It also outlines the law’s qualification criteria and lists current life-ending medications prescription options. An overview of End of Life Washington’s client support services is also provided.
updated 1-10-2020

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