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What is "medical implied consent"?

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Medical Dictionary defines implied consent as "the granting of permission for health care without a formal agreement between patient and health care provider." When a person makes an appointment with a doctor, for example, consent is implied for that patient to receive care.

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The University of Washington School of Medicine notes that consent is typically presumed in the case of an emergency when a patient is unconscious or incompetent and no other means of coming to a decision regarding treatment is available. If the intervention of a physician is necessary to prevent further injury, disability or death, the principle of beneficence obligates him to act on behalf of the patient.

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