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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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