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What is expressed consent when giving emergency care?

Expressed consent means a conscious person understands your questions and gives you permission to give care.
Dr. Anita Gupta
Anesthesiology
The patient is aware of the situation/plan of action and allows you to give him or her care. Expressed consent can be verbal or nonverbal. A common nonverbal example is if you ask to take a patient’s blood pressure and they extend an arm to you without saying anything. The patient is nonverbally allowing you to fulfill your responsibilities. 

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