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How should surgeons obtain consent during the covid-19 pandemic?

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2539 (Published 30 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2539

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Re: How should surgeons obtain consent during the covid-19 pandemic?

Dear Editor

The Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations published 'Developing Safe Surgical Service (DSSS) for the Covid Era' on the 22nd May 2020,. It was also presented in several webinars hosted by the Royal Colleges of Surgery.

Section 3 deals with the Covid consent process in some detail.

3) The Covid19 consent process
3.1 What should surgeons be informing patients about the
the implications of the new Covid19 surgical care pathways?
3.2 Pre-Covid19 printed consent forms and information leaflets
3.3 Covid19 related material risks
3.4 Complications

It is a shame that the authors do not seems to have seem it despite it being widely publicised, but the FSSA share their concerns. Surgeons need to think beyond the end of their scalpels now even more than pre-covid.
Yours faithfully,

Nigel Mercer MB ChB ChM LLM FRCS FRCPCH FFFMLM
President of the FSSA (FSSA.or.uk)

(https://fssa.org.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/covid19/developing_safe_surgi...).

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 July 2020
Nigel S G Mercer
President of the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations
c/o The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow