We routinely get written consent on a standard operative consent form used
for almost all ED procedures. I generally write in risks of bleeding,
infection/meningitis, and in older children - 1/2% risk of post-spinal H/A.
Our viewpoint is generally that invasive procedures are not under the
general consent and require the patient/parent's to have specific risks and
also benefits explained and consent obtained, a consent form documents
clearly that this had been done.
Univ of Az
At 03:29 PM 7/15/99 -0400, Ronald I Paul wrote:
>Our hospital's risk management department wants us to begin getting written
>informed consent for lumbar punctures. How many of you use a written consent
>form? Or do you rely on a general consent for treatment for emergency
>services and an oral explanation prior to the LP? Do you have preprinted
>"risks and benefits" on the form? Does anyone know of cases where a written
>informed consent actually helped protect the hospital or physician when a
>complication occurred from an LP? Thanks.
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