Mental Incapacity & Advance Directives

  1. Recently we had a patient who had POA for healthcare which included a paragraph under the DEFINITION category that stated; "I waive the requirement that 2 physicians certify in writing as to my incapacity to make healthcare decisions for myself, and instead direct my agent to make such decisions". My question is whether or not, as an Acute Care Hospital, are we able to have the POA make decisions without a 2 physician certification. Would we be protected if the record went to court?
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    About DJ-Adia

    Joined: Nov '07; Posts: 14; Likes: 1
    Registered Nurse
    Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg, Forensic Science