Get a second informed consent

March 4, 2005

I'll be doing some procedures for a colleague while she's attending a week-long seminar. She's obtained signed consents, naming me as the physician. Will these documents protect me adequately, or should I reiterate her cautions and obtain new signed consents?

Q: I'll be doing some procedures for a colleague while she's attending a week-long seminar. She's obtained signed consents, naming me as the physician. Will these documents protect me adequately, or should I reiterate her cautions and obtain new signed consents?

A: Get new consents. The more discussion, the less risk to you-and the patient. You should introduce yourself, get an updated history, and review the risks, benefits, and alternatives you consider important.