Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their study of a universal
consent for procedures, Ms Davis and colleagues1 stated
that many of the physicians in the ICU were trainees. However, they did not
address whether patients were informed about the level of experience of the
physicians who might perform the procedures. When obtaining surgical consultation
for a patient, most clinicians would naturally choose a surgeon with the most
experience in the proposed surgical procedure. Similarly, it has been reported
that more experienced surgeons tend to have lower complication rates.2,3
Hassaballa HA, Alshahrouri MK, Balk RA. Universal Consent for Invasive Procedures in the Intensive Care UnitUniversal Consent for Invasive Procedures in the Intensive Care Unit. JAMA. 2003;290(6):751. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.751-a
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