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Case Study 1

CASE #1:

30 year old male presents to the emergency department with RLQ pain and fever. Labs reveal an elevated white blood count. The surgical intern tells the patient that appendicitis is suspected and that the plan is to proceed with surgery to remove the appendix. He explains that the surgery is to be performed to prevent complications of appendicitis, including abscess formation, sepsis or even death. He goes on to explain the risks of surgery, including bleeding, infection and damage to adjacent organs. What additional information needs to be included in this consent?

Whether or not the intern would undergo the procedure in a similar circumstance.
Alternative to the surgery, including receiving antibiotics and monitoring the patient.
Name of the surgeon who will actually be performing the procedure.
A, B and C
B and C only

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