Kelli, I have to agree with you that as a health care provider we need to ensure that our patients understand the procedures and protocol the heath care provider is doing. I think that we as patients are hurried through the process and often time feeling as if we are in a race instead of the hospital. I just had a rotator cuff tear repair. The anesthesiologist came in and put a needle in my neck and I was out for a few minutes. They never informed me that the block that was going in the shoulder would make my whole arm feel like it was dead. I was freighted and confused. I could not understand how there could be such a lack of communication between the health care professional and the patient. I proceed to ask the RN and she told me the doctor had given me a block that would last for 12 hours so the pain would not be as intense. The AMA Journal of Ethics" that the consent of information is a legal document that the patient must be sign before any procedures are performed on the patient and the decision to refuse the information on the informed consent form is usually not understood by the patient or the practitioner "Schwab (2008). To me this statement was very scary. I know I did not fully understand what the block would do and the repercussions that were to take place after the surgery. I think that a patient trust that all of the health care team will provide the information need to understand the procedures that one under goes but it seems that there just is not enough time to do an adequate job. schwab, a. P. (2008). the patients piece of the information consent pie . Retrieved from (Used) A patient often gives autonomous consent by his actions; for example, by simply walking into a doctor's office to be treated for minor issues. A doctor often requires informed consent when a surgical or invasive procedure is recommended. Informed consent is critical before any procedure because it acknowledges that the patient understands the nature and risks of any invasive procedure or surgery and is able to outweigh the benefits versus the risks to make an educated decision on their health. The doctor should also advise the patient of other alternatives to the procedure that may be less invasive or entail less risk. Only after a patient completely understands the relevant risks, benefits, and uncertainties related to each alternative procedure should a competent patient sign any consent form and the doctor continue to treat the patient. I find that many patients sign consents in the emergency room simply because they trust the doctor's judgment but truly do not understand the risk involved. It's only after a patient is hurt that the reality of the risks are understood by patients. This is why doctors should always explain procedures in layman's terms so the risk is understood and taken into consideration by the patient. When a consent form is signed by a patient or family member, it acknowledges that they understand the apparent risks involved in and are willing to allow the doctor to treat them.
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