When is informed consent unnecessary in the medical field?

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  • 6 years ago
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    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".

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  • 6 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.

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