2010 Arkansas Code
Title 20 - Public Health And Welfare
Subtitle 2 - Health And Safety
Chapter 9 - Health Facilities And Services Generally
Subchapter 6 - Consent to Treatment
§ 20-9-602 - Consent generally.

20-9-602. Consent generally.

It is recognized and established that, in addition to other authorized persons, any one (1) of the following persons may consent, either orally or otherwise, to any surgical or medical treatment or procedure not prohibited by law that is suggested, recommended, prescribed, or directed by a licensed physician:

(1) Any adult, for himself or herself;

(2) (A) Any parent, whether an adult or a minor, for his or her minor child or for his or her adult child of unsound mind whether the child is of the parent's blood, an adopted child, a stepchild, a foster child not in custody of the Department of Human Services, or a preadoptive child not in custody of the Department of Human Services.

(B) However, the father of an illegitimate child cannot consent for the child solely on the basis of parenthood;

(3) Any married person, whether an adult or a minor, for himself or herself;

(4) Any female, regardless of age or marital status, for herself when given in connection with pregnancy or childbirth, except the unnatural interruption of a pregnancy;

(5) Any person standing in loco parentis, whether formally serving or not, and any guardian, conservator, or custodian, for his or her ward or other charge under disability;

(6) Any emancipated minor, for himself or herself;

(7) Any unemancipated minor of sufficient intelligence to understand and appreciate the consequences of the proposed surgical or medical treatment or procedures, for himself or herself;

(8) Any adult, for his or her minor sibling or his or her adult sibling of unsound mind;

(9) During the absence of a parent so authorized and empowered, any maternal grandparent and, if the father is so authorized and empowered, any paternal grandparent, for his or her minor grandchild or for his or her adult grandchild of unsound mind;

(10) Any married person, for a spouse of unsound mind;

(11) Any adult child, for his or her mother or father of unsound mind;

(12) Any minor incarcerated in the Department of Correction or the Department of Community Correction, for himself or herself; and

(13) (A) Any foster parent or preadoptive parent for a child in custody of the Department of Human Services in:

(i) (a) Emergency situations.

(b) As used in this subdivision, "emergency situation" means a situation in which, in competent medical judgment, the proposed surgical or medical treatment or procedures are immediately or imminently necessary and any delay occasioned by an attempt to obtain a consent would reasonably be expected to jeopardize the life, health, or safety of the person affected or would reasonably be expected to result in disfigurement or impaired faculties;

(ii) Routine medical treatment;

(iii) Ongoing medical treatment;

(iv) Nonsurgical procedures by a primary care provider; and

(v) Nonsurgical procedures by a specialty care provider.

(B) The Department of Human Services shall be given timely notice of all admissions and discharges consented to by a foster parent or preadoptive parent for a child in custody of the Department of Human Services.

(C) The consent of a representative of the Department of Human Services is required for:

(i) Nonemergency surgical procedures;

(ii) Nonemergency invasive procedures;

(iii) "End of life" nonemergency procedures such as do-not-resuscitate orders, withdrawal of life support, and organ donation; and

(iv) Nonemergency medical procedures relating to a criminal investigation or judicial proceeding that involves gathering forensic evidence.
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