Qualified Relatives Policy Term Definition

Qualified Relatives:  Those persons from the following list, in descending order of priority, who are authorized along with the attending physician to execute or issue an OOHDNR order on behalf of a person who (i) has not executed or issued an OOHDNR order, (ii) is incompetent or otherwise mentally or physically incapable of communication, and (iii) does not have a legal guardian, proxy, or agent under a medical power of attorney:

  1. the patient's spouse;
  2. the patient's reasonably available adult children;
  3. the patient's parents; or
  4. the patient's nearest living relative