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Patient Guardian

Patient Guardian, What does it mean?

If the patient cannot make decisions because of his/her health condition or his/her age, a first degree relative will decide with the treating physician and nurses the best treatment plan on his/her behalf, or participate in the decision making process when there is more than one opinion, this person is called the guardian who has the right to take decisions in urgent and serious cases or injuries that could lead to death.

Also the guardian can have access to the patient’s medical record and can ask for any medical reports or information from it.

The guardian chosen will sign a general consent form at the time of admission. He/she has the right to ask any questions about this consent before signing it. The signed consent will be kept in the medical record, allowing the healthcare providers to refer to it when needed.

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