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Students should be able to describe the principles of consent in the acutely ill patient.

Click here to view the Medical Protection Society's guide to consent. A significant proportion of acutely ill patients may not be competent to give consent because of an altered mental state and particular attention should be paid to the section on consent and the incompetent adult patient. Students should be aware that the medicolegal issues related to consent will vary from country to country. The advice given by the Medical Protection Society is based on the law in the United Kingdom.


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