By J. P. Jackson (auth.), J. P. Jackson MB, FRCS (eds.)
Legal motion regarding medical professionals, both as defendants or specialist witnesses, has drastically elevated during the last decade and few can now stay aloof from this point in their occupation. Written by means of medical professionals (including 5 Council contributors of the clinical Defence Union of serious Britain) and attorneys, this sensible advisor bargains transparent and accomplished suggestion to all involved. Part I discusses easy methods to write clinical experiences, specifically whilst consent is needed or personal info is concerned. Part II covers contentious matters in a number of medical specialties which time and again come up in litigation; famous examples are situations regarding whiplash accidents or perinatal mind harm. In Part III attorneys speak about the medico-legal difficulties of the solicitor's function, court docket testimony and clinical negligence. This e-book is a precious connection with all individuals of the clinical occupation. attorneys, officers and others outdoor the clinical career who come into touch with scientific litigation yet have restricted scientific wisdom will locate a lot necessary information.
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This form is not suitable for consent to procedures such as electroplexy, sterilisation or vasectomy. * Delete as necessary. Fig. 4. Consent form for use in orthopaedic, cardiac and other specialised departments where surgical implants are used. Crown copyright: reproduced from HN(83)6 with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office. CONSENT AND CONFIDENTIALITY 35 "hospital" post-mortem examinations. The Human Tissue Act does not require a written agreement to a post-mortem examination or to the removal of tissue but the Medical Protection Society considers it desirable that a written declaration should be made and, for this purpose, recommends to members completion of the post-mortem declaration form set out as Appendix 2 to the Department of Health and Social Security Circular HC(77)28 (Fig.
While the doctor is unlikely to have great difficulty in deciding what is in the patient's best interests in the case of routine medical treatment, the approval for the proposed course of action should be sought from the guardian, responsible medical officer or relatives as a matter of good practice. A second medical opinion as to the necessity of the treatment may also be desirable, particularly where the proposed treatment could have serious consequences for the patient. While the doctor may feel able to determine the patient's best interests in most cases, there may be others involving difficult emotional, social or moral issues, such as sterilisation (see below), where the doctor may wish to seek the protection of the court by applying for a declaration before proceeding with treatment.
I have been told that the intention of the operation is to render me sterile and incapable of further parenthood. I understand that there is a possibility that I may not become or remain sterile. I also consent to the administration of a general, local or other anaesthetic. No assurance has been given to me that the operation will be performed by any particular surgeon. Signature.. .... .... ........ ... (Patient) Date .......................................
A Practical Guide to Medicine and the Law by J. P. Jackson (auth.), J. P. Jackson MB, FRCS (eds.)