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Is there a need to take consent for doing echo on a female patient?

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Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta    19 April 2018

Echo etiquette (etiquette-based medicine)

If you are a female echocardiographer and the patient has come to you for an echo, there is an implied consent.

If you are a female echocardiographer and the patient is a referred patient in your name, there is an implied consent.

If you are a female echocardiographer and the patient is a referred patient by the hospital you need only to explain the procedure including exposure of the relevant portions of the chest and ensuring privacy and absence of male members in the room.

If you are a male echocardiographer and the patient has come to you for an echo or referred to you by name, there is an implied consent but you should maintain privacy and ensure presence of a female member in the room.

If you are a male echocardiographer and a patient comes to you for an echo you must take an informed consent, ensure privacy and presence of a female member in the room.

Never touch the skin of the chest area with fingers. Always apply jelly with the bottle knob.

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