Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Permanent Unconscious Condition Definition:

An incurable and irreversible condition in which the individual is medically assessed as having no reasonable probability of recovery from an irreversible coma or a permanent vegetative state.

Related Terms: Heroic Measures, Terminal Condition, Living Will, Euthanasia, Persistent Vegetative State

Also known as a persistent vegetative state.

A pre-1999 version of the California Health and Safety Code provided that a permanent unconscious condition was an:

"... irreversible coma or persistent vegetative state...."1

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In the living will provisions at Title 70 of the Revised Statutes of Washington 2013, §70.122.030:

"If at any time I should be diagnosed in writing to be in a terminal condition by the attending physician, or in a permanent unconscious condition by two physicians, and where the application of life-sustaining treatment would serve only to artificially prolong the process of my dying, I direct that such treatment be withheld or withdrawn, and that I be permitted to die naturally....

"... a permanent unconscious condition means an incurable and irreversible condition in which I am medically assessed within reasonable medical judgment as having no reasonable probability of recovery from an irreversible coma or a persistent vegetative state."

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