GPs warned to get written consent before iron infusions

Quality of patient consent ranges from 'exemplary to non-existent', says medical board
Jocelyn Wright
Iron infusion

GPs have been warned to obtain written consent before giving iron infusions, amid ongoing complaints from patients about unexpected skin stains.

The Medical Board of Australia says it is hearing “recurring complaints” from patients who have received large brown stains at the infusion site after intravenous iron leaked into the surrounding tissue.