SOUTH CAROLINA STATUTES
SECTION 62-5-504. Definitions.
(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Agent" or "health care agent" means an individual designated in a health care
power of attorney to make health care decisions on behalf of a principal.
(2) "Declaration of a desire for a natural death" or "declaration" means a
document executed in accordance with the South Carolina Death with Dignity Act
or a similar document executed in accordance with the law of another state.
(3) "Health care" means a procedure to diagnose or treat a human disease,
ailment, defect, abnormality, or complaint, whether of physical or mental origin.
It also includes the provision of intermediate or skilled nursing care; services for
the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick persons; and placement in or
removal from a facility that provides these forms of care.
(4) "Health care power of attorney" means a durable power of attorney executed
in accordance with this section.
(5) "Health care provider" means a person, health care facility, organization, or
corporation licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized or permitted by the laws of
this State to administer health care.
(6) "Life-sustaining procedure" means a medical procedure or intervention which
serves only to prolong the dying process. Life-sustaining procedures do not
include the administration of medication or other treatment for comfort care or
alleviation of pain. The principal shall indicate in the health care power of
attorney whether the provision of nutrition and hydration through medically or
surgically implanted tubes is desired.
(7) "Permanent unconsciousness" means a medical diagnosis, consistent with
accepted standards of medical practice, that a person is in a persistent vegetative
state or some other irreversible condition in which the person has no neocortical
functioning, but only involuntary vegetative or primitive reflex functions
controlled by the brain stem.
(8) "Nursing care provider" means a nursing care facility or an employee of the