5 things doctors now need to include in informed consent

Pandemic-related factors must be discussed with patients, US surgeons say

Doctors gaining surgical consent from patients for procedures in the COVID-19 era need to consider additional pandemic-related factors, US surgeons say.

The risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 is among five key items that should be part of informed consent for elective procedures, according to the report in the Annals of Surgery.

Dr Jeffrey Matthews of the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences and colleagues describe how the surgeons’