Oklahoma Law Clarified Regarding Persons Permitted to Provide Treatment Consent for Incapacitated Patients

When an adult patient is incapacitated and unable to provide informed consent for healthcare services, healthcare providers in the past have faced uncertainty regarding who could consent on behalf of the patient. This has particularly been an issue when a patient has not designated a legal representative and family members disagree on the best course of action. However, the Oklahoma Legislature recently passed legislation that provides hospitals and other healthcare providers with clear guidance on how to handle these situations. More


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