Implied consent will be assumed for many routine physical contacts with patients. Where implied consent is to be assumed by the clinician, in all cases, the following will apply:
- an explanation will be given to the patient about what the clinician is about to do and why.
- the explanation will be sufficient for the patient to understand the procedure.
- in all cases where the patient is under 18 years of age, a verbal confirmation of consent will be obtained and briefly entered into the medical record.
- where there is significant risk to the patient an "expressed consent" will be obtained in all cases.
Expressed consent (written or verbal) will be obtained for any procedure which carries a risk that the patient is likely to consider as being substantial. A note will be made in the medical record detailing the discussion about the consent and the risks. A consent form may be used for the patient to express consent.