4 scenarios surgeons need to explain to their patients
Among surgeons, it’s pretty common knowledge that residents and other providers may perform non-critical parts of a patient’s procedure. This not only helps residents and other trainees gain valuable surgical experience, it also gives patients better and faster access to high-demand surgical expertise.
The question is this: How well are surgeons explaining these facts to their patients?
Recent guideline updates by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) underscore the need for surgeons to proactively and fully explain how other providers might be involved in a procedure. Informed consent discussions provide physicians with an opportunity to talk with patients about why they may not be present for the entire surgery, as well as which other team members might participate. A well-executed consent form can both guide the conversation and support its proper documentation.
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