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Medical directives speak for you
Monterey Herald

The California Hospital Association publishes procedures for the medical treatment of patients in hospitals. One such publication — “Consent Requirements for Medical Treatment of Adults” — provides hospital staff and physicians with a hierarchy of “consent givers.”

The first consent giver is an adult patient with capacity, followed by a surrogate decision maker, an agent, conservator, court-appointed surrogate decision-maker, closest available relative and, finally, a multi-disciplinary committee for patients who do not have next of kin.