An emergency patient can be given treatment without consent if immediate
action is required to preserve life or prevent serious impairment and:
Patient consent cannot be obtained.
The next of kin is not available.
The patient is unwilling to give consent.
Consent of any kind is unobtainable.
An unconscious young man is brought to the emergency room with a deep cut in
his foot. If an orthopedic surgeon does not perform surgery without delay, there
will be permanent damage. The health care team can ________________
without the risk of a malpractice suit.
a. Only examine and clean the wound.
b. Only examine and clean the wound, and prepare the patient for surgery.
c. Perform the surgery.
The disclosure requirement may be waived for ______________or when the
physician must legitimately perform additional necessary procedures, without
consent under the extension doctrine.
A CAT scan.
If a patient does not wish to hear certain information relevant to treatment, the
a. Initiate a duly witnessed physician's waiver.
b. Try to find an acceptable alternative method of getting the information to the
c. Feel free from any responsibility to disclose the information in question.