US teaching hospitals warned against intimate examinations of unconscious patients to educate med students

Health department says informed patient consent remains critical.
HealthDay News Staff writer

New guidelines have been issued for teaching hospitals and medical schools in the US following claims they are conducting pelvic, breast, prostate or rectal examinations on patients under anaesthesia without informed patient consent.

The US Department of Health and Human Services said it was aware of media reports as well as medical literature highlighting instances where, as part of medical students’ training, patients have been subjected to sensitive and intimate examinations.