Health & Safety Code Section 313.002
(1)“Adult” means a person 18 years of age or older or a person under 18 years of age who has had the disabilities of minority removed.
(2)“Attending physician” means the physician with primary responsibility for a patient’s treatment and care.
(3)“Decision-making capacity” means the ability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of a decision regarding medical treatment and the ability to reach an informed decision in the matter.
(3-a)“Home and community support services agency” means a facility licensed under Chapter 142 (Home and Community Support Services).
(4)“Hospital” means a facility licensed under Chapter 241 (Hospitals).
(5)“Incapacitated” means lacking the ability, based on reasonable medical judgment, to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of a treatment decision, including the significant benefits and harms of and reasonable alternatives to any proposed treatment decision.
(6)“Medical treatment” means a health care treatment, service, or procedure designed to maintain or treat a patient’s physical or mental condition, as well as preventative care.
(7)“Nursing home” means a facility licensed under Chapter 242 (Convalescent and Nursing Facilities and Related Institutions).
(8)“Patient” means a person who:
(A)is admitted to a hospital;
(B)is residing in a nursing home;
(C)is receiving services from a home and community support services agency; or
(D)is an inmate of a county or municipal jail.
(A)a physician licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners; or
(B)a physician with proper credentials who holds a commission in a branch of the armed services of the United States and who is serving on active duty in this state.
(10)“Surrogate decision-maker” means an individual with decision-making capacity who is identified as the person who has authority to consent to medical treatment on behalf of an incapacitated patient in need of medical treatment.
Section 313.002 — Definitions,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.313.htm#313.002 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).