Legal Decision Makers for Minors: Exploring Legal and Ethical Challenges

Parents are the natural guardians of their minor children and are entrusted to make healthcare decisions for them as a matter of law. This parental authority was derived from the constitutional right to privacy regarding family matters, common law rule and a general presumption that parents or guardians will act in the best interest of their child. In certain instances, other individuals may be required to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the minor patient, either when duly appointed by a parent or by court order. Join us as we discuss the rights of minors and parents in medical decision making, and address legal and ethical challenges in determining consent for minors.

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers, Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Chaplains, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Students and other interested healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Conform to provisions of Florida Statute 765 regarding healthcare surrogates for minors and comply with BHSF policies regarding legal decision makers for the minor patient. 
  • Identify the various circumstances in which appropriate legal decision makers must be located, and take the steps required to obtain consent for treatment of the minor patient. 
  • Recognize key ethical and legal challenges in identifying appropriate legal decision makers and obtaining consent to provide medical care to minors.
Additional information
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
10/01/2017
Course expires: 
10/01/2019

Andrew Kairalla, M.D.
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care
Baptist Health South Florida

Lynne Thompson, R.N., LHRM    
Regional Director    
Risk Management and Patient Safety      
Baptist Health South Florida

Mike Novo, Esq. 
Office of General Counsel
Baptist Health South Florida

Due to the non-clinical nature of the content discussed, the speakers, non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

This CME activity will not cover content that would involve products or services of commercial interests. Therefore, no opportunity exists for a conflict of interest based on the financial relationships of faculty and those persons in control of content. Since these relationships are not relevant, no disclosure information was collected. 

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
              
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
10/01/2017
Course expires: 
10/01/2019
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