Ask HRC: Separate Consent Form for PICC Insertion?

November 14, 2016 | Health System Risk Management


​A Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) member recently asked if it was necessary for patients to sign a separate consent form for peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line insertion.

In our response, ECRI Institute suggests that facilities first determine whether any specific requirements apply in their jurisdiction. As indicated in the HRC guidance article Informed Consent, the circumstances for obtaining informed consent can vary by jurisdiction, depending on legal mandates such as federal and state statutes, regulations, or case law. In many jurisdictions, statutes identify specific procedures or interventions that require informed consent. Statutes may also codify the circumstances in which informed consent must be obtained and what information must be disclosed to the patient. If specific requirements apply to consent...

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