There are various types of consents that are used in the health care setting.

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Angela Baker

5:25 PM

There are various types of consents that are used in the health care setting. Obtaining the proper consent is vital and is a legal document that ensures that the provider has explained the type of care that is being rendered. In some cases, if consent has not been obtained before providing services there is no documented proof that the patient consented to treatment.  In the healthcare setting, informed consents are required for medical procedures as it allows the patient to take part in the decision-making process of their care.  Informed consents allow the provider to explain the treatment plan which the patient can ask questions, deny or accept treatment.

There are three types of Informed consents: Implied consent does not need to be documented as it refers to a patient passively agreeing to treatment without having a formal consent or discussion. For example, if a patient fasted for 24 hours before surgery it can be implied that they have consented to treatment. Verbal consent is when a signed document is not obtained. The patient verbally consents to treatment typically the patient records have been obtained. This consenting process is mainly used for routine care such as diagnostic testing. Written consent: A written consent is necessary in case of extensive intervention involving risks where anesthesia or sedation is used, restorative procedures, any invasive or surgical procedures, administering of medications with known high risks, and so on (Kakar, 2014).

In the doctor’s office that I currently work for, if a signed (written) consent by the patient or their legal guardian has not been received prior to treatment, services are not rendered.  We take great pride in explaining the services and ensuring that all of our patients understand and are able to ask questions before services are rendered.