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Are we taking a legally valid “Informed Consent”?
All anaesthesiologists ensure that consent form has been signed by the patient before administering anaesthesia; however, very few attempt to know whether the consent they are getting is legally valid or not.
The word informed implies that the patient has been communicated about the general and specific risks involved in anaesthesia and surgery. Risks specific to the patient are because of his or her surgical problem, coexisting medical problems and other factors and will vary from patient to patient. Therefore, there cannot be a pre-printed universal consent form (unless details of all possible techniques, medical problems and their possible complications are incorporated in it).
Moreover, information should be given to the patient in a language and form that he can understand. India being a multilingual nation, the consent form should mention the language in which the information was given to the patient.
Therefore, a consent form could be partly printed, with certain information to be filled by hand in the blank spaces. It should include the following:
At the bottom, following persons should sign: