What conduct is required of a health care surrogate in Florida?
Individuals in Florida have the legal right in Florida to designate a competent adult to make all health care decisions for them in the event that they become incapacitated.
The health care surrogate provides informed consent for health care decisions on behalf of the incapaciated person. It is the health care surrogate's duty to make health care decisions that the ill person would have made under the circumstances. In the event that the surrogate does not know how that person would decide, the health care surrogate can make a determination based upon what he or she finds in the best interests of the ill person.
A person can not only designate a health care surrogate, but he can also provide the health care surrogate with advanced directives, which are basically instructions for the health care decisions that he would make under certain circumstances.