Ask ECRI: Informed Consent for Repeat Injections

October 11, 2017 | Ambulatory Care Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A risk manager recently wrote to ECRI Institute asking for guidance on how frequently the practice should obtain new informed consent from patients who receive injections on a regular basis. For example, some types of vaccines (such as for human papillomavirus) and contraceptives are administered several times per year. Should consent be obtained again on every visit, the member asked, or is an annual review sufficient, with documentation kept on file at the practice?

In our reply, we stated that obtaining patients' informed consent every time they receive birth control injections...

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