Re: How should surgeons obtain consent during the covid-19 pandemic?
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
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.
Nigel Mercer MB ChB ChM LLM FRCS FRCPCH FFFMLM
President of the FSSA (FSSA.or.uk)
Competing interests: No competing interests