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What is informed consent for general anesthesia?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

The informed consent for general anesthesia is vital for safeguarding the patient, surgeon, anesthesiologist, medical team and hospital/ambulatory surgery center from errors, mistakes, and liability. The exact procedure or surgery will be included on the consent forms. The patient should read it carefully and answer all questions as accurate as possible including medical history, allergies, medications, and past surgical and anesthesia experiences. Pregnancy status and desire to become pregnant should also be included.

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