The type of consent you need (verbal, written) will depend on 1)
hospital policy and 2) state law. For example, some states will
require a written informed consent for even relatively minor invasive
procedures, some will require you document a verbal consent, while
there are a few that will allow the general ED consent to cover
without further documentation.
Whatever the case may be in Ohio, I would always suggest that the
chart document that the "risks, benefits and alternatives" (parts of
an informed consent) had been reviewed with the caregiver.
Hope this helps
Jeffrey Linzer Sr., MD, FAAP, FACEP
Associate Medical Director for Compliance
Emergency Pediatric Group
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Quoting Selena Hariharan <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hello. This is my first list serv post, so I hope it works well!
> I am wondering what institutions do about informed consent for
> abscess drainage. Do you require patients to sign a form, do verbal
> consent, or consider the treatment part of consent for treatment
> signed when patients register?
> Selena Hariharan
> Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
> Associate Fellowship Director
> Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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