Consent for a possible ‘switchover’ during a surgery/procedu
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Consent for a possible ‘switchover’ during a surgery/procedure
When taking consent for surgery/procedure, if any additional or alternative procedure is anticipated, consent for the same must also be specifically taken. Following precautions have been advised by the Court:

- It is mandatory that the anticipated additional/alternative surgery/procedure is specifically named in the consent

- In case of a surgery/procedure, the risk of failure and the commonly occurring complications must be duly explained to the patient and consent must be taken

- Consultants must duly record their presence in the medical records of the patient even in emergencies

- Failure to perform the requisite pre-surgery tests is negligence per se

- It is mandatory that reports of all investigation and diagnostic procedures are kept in the medical records of the patient maintained by the hospital/doctor. In case the same have to be handed over to the patient, ensure that at least a copy thereof is with the doctor/hospital

- Anesthetists must perform a pre-anesthesia assessment of the patient before surgery/procedure and duly record the aforesaid in the patient’s medical records. Notes must clearly record the name of the anesthetic agent and the quantity used

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