NEW FROM THE OMS GUARDIAN
INFORMED CONSENT: MORE THAN JUST A PIECE OF PAPER
Michael Stronczek, DDS, OMSNIC Director and Chair, Risk Management Committee
I am amazed and humbled to work with such skilled and technically savvy professionals dedicated
to making people’s lives better. It is ironic, but sometimes getting to the operating room is the
most difficult aspect of our job. There are always a few steps that must be taken before we can
put our hands to work. First, we consult with the patient to identify their individual problem.
Then, we develop a diagnosis and a treatment plan unique to that patient. This is where it gets
a little tricky. As surgeons, we want to operate, but before doing so, we need to effectively
communicate our findings to the patient. Just as important as the conversation itself, is the
documention of this discussion. We call this the informed consent process.
If you have attended our live risk management seminar, or have read this newsletter before, you
should be acutely aware that informed consent is more than just the patient signing a piece of
paper. Do not, however, downplay the consent forms, as we do believe the form is an important
part of the process. For that reason, OMSNIC offers policyholders a library of consent forms you
can use in your practice.
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