Question of the Week

QUESTION:        Should we use a separate form to obtain informed consent for the administration of anesthesia?

ANSWER:           The answer may vary depending on state law.  As a general rule, most states will give you discretion on how to structure your informed consent forms.  If you wanted, you potentially could place all relevant information onto a single form.  However, our research shows that the trend nationwide is to utilize a separate form for this purpose.  It tends to be more convenient and efficient.  Similarly, most organizations will also employ a separate form for blood transfusions.

Be aware that it is crucial to document informed consent appropriately.  If you have any questions about the design of your informed consent forms, or about the process outlined in your policies, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your hospital counsel.  It is vital to have up-to-date documents that comply with all applicable laws and that meet the needs of your institution.