A patient who is being admitted to the hospital tells the nurse that she wants her sister to be her surrogate decision maker. Select all of the following that describe a health care surrogate.


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- A person who makes decisions for the patient

- A person who considers the desires of the patient when making decision

- A person who has been designated by the healthcare facility

- A person who is a formal guardian of the patient

- A person who is a first-degree relative of the patient


A healthcare surrogate is someone who is chosen to make medical decisions for the patient in the instance that she becomes unable to do so. The surrogate is typically chosen by the patient and may be a relative, but this is not required. The surrogate considers the desires of the patient when making healthcare decisions.

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Management of Care

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Ethical / Legal

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