Surgical Consent during COVID Pandemic: COVID Times—Surgical Consent Checklist

Surgical Consent during COVID Pandemic: COVID Times—Surgical Consent Checklist
Toney Jose, Arya Joy
Indian Journal of Surgery, 3 August 2020
Open Access
Abstract
COVID-19 caused many countries to stop their elective procedures to allow preservation of resources for COVID-19 care. With restriction being gradually lifted, the surgical services have to face the pending burden of elective cases alongside the pandemic. The true impact of the pandemic and the COVID-19 on perioperative outcomes is still being discovered. This demands a COVID-specific consenting process in addition to the routine surgical consent, to ensure that the patients are able to make informed decisions. The first ever COVID-specific checklist for surgical consent ‘COVID times—surgical consent checklist’ is introduced. This checklist enables the surgeon to ensure that a discussion detailing the impact of COVID-19 on surgical services is made. It also acts as a documentation of the discussions carried out during the consenting process.

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