Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care:

A durable power of attorney for health care, also known as “durable medical power of attorney,” is considered an Health Care Directive/Advance Directive that allows a competent adult to grant other individuals the authority to give informed consent for medical decisions in the event that he or she is unable to express his or her preferences consistent with Washington state law (RCW 11.94.010).  (Source: Washington State Power of Attorney. Chapter 11.94 RCW. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=11.94) .

This individual is known as a “health care proxy,” “health care surrogate,” “health care agent,” or “health care power of attorney.” The term “durable” refers to fact the form remains in effect after the individual is no longer able to make medical decisions.

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