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Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne
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3/2019
vol. 35
 
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Review paper

Can a drunk patient give informed consent for medical treatment?

Kamila Kocańda
1
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Stanisław Głuszek
2, 3

1.
Regional Hospital, Kielce, Poland
2.
Clinical Department of General Oncology and Endocrinology Surgery, Provincial Polyclinic Hospital, Kielce, Poland
3.
Department of Surgery and Surgical Nursing with the Scientific Research Laboratory, Institute of Medical Sciences, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland
Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne 2019; 35 (3): 243-245
Online publish date: 2019/09/30
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When medical intervention is necessary, a physician faces a serious dilemma: can he/she perform medical intervention despite the lack of informed consent, or should he/she withdraw from such an intervention? The question is even more difficult when a patient under the influence of alcohol urgently requires a medical intervention. In such cases the possibility to gain informed consent is even more problematic, and such situations are not so rare. In such situations, a doctor must often decide whether to undertake medical interventions despite the lack of informed consent of a patient, if it is justified by patient’s state of health, or to discontinue intervention, exposing him/herself to possible legal liability for such an omission.
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patient under the influence of alcohol, physician, informed consent

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