Is it necessary to take high-risk consent for procedures such as an angiography?


eMediNexus    16 January 2023

It is necessary to take high-risk consent for procedures such as angiography. Failing to do so amounts to professional misconduct.


In an appeal against an order passed by a State Medical Council, the MCI Ethics Committee, after hearing both parties and going through the available records, decided that the treating cardiologists had not given the high-risk informed consent form to the patient/attendant of the patient, which was a necessary procedure in this case. The consent form was also found not in order since it did not carry the signature of the patient who was conscious through this procedure. It was felt that such a high-risk patient deserved to be kept in ICCU with intensive care unit facilities for cardiac patients. It was decided that the treating cardiologist was negligent as a treating physician, and his name should be removed from the medical register for a period of 3 months starting from the date of issue of the letter (NO. MCI-211(2)/2011-Ethics/).

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