Anaesthesiology and ethics

Anaesthesiology and ethics Eur J Anaesthesiol 2018; 35:155 – 157 EDITORIAL Can the anaesthesiologist ameliorate simply and rapidly the assessment of decision-making capacity in the elderly? Concezione Tommasino and Carlo Petrini European Journal of Anaesthesiology 2018, 35:155–157 integrate three components: information acquired from observing and talking to the patient, information acquired from talking with caregivers and information Informed consent is the process by which patients agree from standardised tests. to a medical procedure or treatment with regard to their During the visit, the elderly patient is in an unfamiliar health care. The process includes an appropriate discus- environment, and very often the underlying disease can sion between the clinician and the patient, and covers all lead to confusion and agitation. To improve the patient’s relevant aspects of the proposed treatment. perception, the visit should be performed in a room with To consent to a medical procedure, a patient must receive adequate lighting and minimal distracting stimuli. Dur- accurate, meaningful and relevant information regarding ing the visit, the presence of a known and trusted confi- the nature and purpose of the treatment, as well as the dant or adviser (e.g. family member, caregiver) may risks, benefits and alternatives to the proposed therapy, improve http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Anaesthesiology Wolters Kluwer Health

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Wolters Kluwer Health
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Copyright © 2018 European Society of Anaesthesiology. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0265-0215
eISSN
1365-2346
D.O.I.
10.1097/EJA.0000000000000759
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Eur J Anaesthesiol 2018; 35:155 – 157 EDITORIAL Can the anaesthesiologist ameliorate simply and rapidly the assessment of decision-making capacity in the elderly? Concezione Tommasino and Carlo Petrini European Journal of Anaesthesiology 2018, 35:155–157 integrate three components: information acquired from observing and talking to the patient, information acquired from talking with caregivers and information Informed consent is the process by which patients agree from standardised tests. to a medical procedure or treatment with regard to their During the visit, the elderly patient is in an unfamiliar health care. The process includes an appropriate discus- environment, and very often the underlying disease can sion between the clinician and the patient, and covers all lead to confusion and agitation. To improve the patient’s relevant aspects of the proposed treatment. perception, the visit should be performed in a room with To consent to a medical procedure, a patient must receive adequate lighting and minimal distracting stimuli. Dur- accurate, meaningful and relevant information regarding ing the visit, the presence of a known and trusted confi- the nature and purpose of the treatment, as well as the dant or adviser (e.g. family member, caregiver) may risks, benefits and alternatives to the proposed therapy, improve

Journal

European Journal of AnaesthesiologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Mar 1, 2018

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