When is informed consent unnecessary in the medical field?
- TrekkerScoutLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
Informed consent is not necessary when a medical emergency exists where the patient is in mortal danger and cannot give consent. Such a condition is considered "implied consent".
- Michael HLv 76 years ago
If a patient is an adult (in most cases), alert and oriented, then they can give informed consent.
If a patient is NOT an adult (except in special cases), or is NOT alert and oriented, then they cannot give informed consent and implied consent is used.