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Consent procedure for coronary angioplasty is haphazard

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1762
  1. Edward Langford, Specialist registrara,
  2. Adam de Belder, Senior registrara
  1. a Department of Cardiology, King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS

    Editor—A legal case highlighted the importance of patients giving fully informed consent for medical procedures.1 Doctors must inform the patient of significant risks, but what represents a significant risk for particular procedures is not precisely defined.2 Coronary angioplasty carries a risk of death in hospital and of emergency coronary artery bypass grafting of 0.7% and 1.1% respectively.3

    To assess current British practice when informed consent is obtained for coronary angioplasty we conducted a telephone survey of 25 centres in England, Scotland, and Wales that regularly …

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