Whether you are headed to the hospital for a surgery or are being moved into a nursing home, you need to give consent prior to receiving any type of treatment. This includes accepting prescriptions, receiving shots, being operated on, receiving cancer treatments and anything else that can be administered to you. Let’s take a look at how you can give consent prior to accepting treatment so you do not wind up in a precarious situation.
One way that you can help ensure that no procedure is performed without your consent, or the consent of your medical power of attorney, is to have an estate plan in place. It’s possible that mistakes can still be made even with a plan in place but it reduces the risk of having a procedure performed without someone giving consent.
If you are a capable adult, you cannot be forced or coerced into any types of treatment or procedure. Every procedure requires consent prior to it happening unless it is an emergency where your life is at risk and you are unconscious. If this is the case, it helps to have an estate plan in place to guide the medical professionals.
It’s possible to provide consent orally or by simply visiting the doctor and agreeing to tests performed in the office such as if the doctor needs to draw blood to test your sugar levels. By being in the office for the appointment, it is considered consent.
Medical professionals are required to provide their patients with as much information as possible prior to administering medication, shots or performing surgery. Consent is an important part of the medical field and helps protect patients’ rights.