Medical Informed Consent > Exceptions > Emergency


Consent may not be required for treatment in the case of emergency. Emergency, in this situation, is when immediate treatment is required in order to prevent death or serious health impairment. In this case, if it is impossible to obtain the patient's consent or the consent of someone authorized to consent for the patient, then it is presumed that the patient would want the intervention. Obviously, if the physician is aware that the patient would not want the procedure, then treatment may not be provided.

Occasionally, police may request that certain tests or procedures be performed on a patient. These may include blood or urine tests, or even removal of foreign body for examination. These are not permitted to be performed without prior patient consent or court order.


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