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Wash. Rev. Code § 11.92.043

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Additional duties

Guardians have the duty to “provide timely, informed consent for health care of the incapacitated person.”

Limited guardians may only provide informed consent for health care if the order establishing the limited guardianship authorizes such power.

Standby guardians or limited standby guardians may provide informed consent “if the guardian or limited guardian cannot be located within four hours after the need of such consent arises.”

A guardian, limited guardian, or standby guardian must comply with the involuntary commitment procedures in order to involuntarily commit an individual that is “unable or unwilling to give informed consent.”

Guardians, limited guardians, and standby guardians may not provide informed consent for procedures which will induce convulsions, “surgery solely for the purpose of psychosurgery,” or any procedure that will “restrict physical freedom of movement” or infringe on the rights of involuntarily committed persons. However, guardians, limited guardians, and standby guardians may obtain court authorization for such procedures if they believe the “procedures are necessary for the proper care and maintenance of the incapacitated person.”

Current as of June 2015