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Medical Emergencies and Consent

Scottish Government guidance states that in an emergency where the patient is unable to give or refuse consent, it will usually be acceptable for medical practitioners to provide medical treatment without obtaining consent where it is immediately necessary to save life or to avoid significant deterioration in the patient’s health [1].

In a medical emergency, obtain consent for treatment from the patient if possible. If this is not possible, provide treatment, however, this must be no more than the immediate situation requires.

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