Many children live with adult caregivers other than a biological parent. We understand at Yellowstone Surgery Center that in many cases, the child and the caregiver have a relationship similar and as real as a biological parent, but not recognized by the law. However, Montana law is very clear on the requirements for surgical informed consent involving a child and special procedures must be followed in these cases.
Consent can only be given by the legal guardian or biological parent of the child for a surgical procedure. If you are the legal guardian or biological parent of the child you must be available to consent for both the surgery and anesthesia.
If some other circumstances exist surrounding your role in the child's life please discuss it with your provider or his/her staff in advance of the surgery date.
If the surgery recommended by your provider is necessary as a delay would endanger the health or life of the child, or the surgery recommended is an educationally related medical need of the child please discuss it with your provider or his/her staff in advance of the surgery date.
If you have questions regarding your ability to provide informed consent on behalf of the child these issues must be addressed in advance of the surgery date. If the issues are not resolved to the satisfaction of your provider in advance of the surgery date the surgery will be canceled and not rescheduled until after the issues are addressed.