Informed Consent in Obstetric Anesthesia

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Informed Consent in Obstetric Anesthesia Dmitry Portnoy Anesthesiology Department UTMB
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OB Anesthesia is a High Risk Area Many patients are healthy individuals High expectations regarding outcome in general both availability and quality of anesthesia Great disappointment if outcome less then perfect Misconceptions re: anesthesia options and risks
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OB Anesthesia is a High Risk Area High stress and high anxiety environment Anesthesia care for both fetus and mother Problematic process of obtaining consent Legal remedies for real or perceived injuries
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Theories of Liability and Medical Malpractice Theories (or causes of action) Medical malpractice Breach of contractual promises Lack of informed consent Four elements for proving medical negligence Duty Breach Injury Proximate cause
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What is Informed Consent ? Recognized ethical and legal right of every patient
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