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August 13, 2003

Universal Consent for Invasive Procedures in the Intensive Care UnitUniversal Consent for Invasive Procedures in the Intensive Care Unit

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(6):751. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.751-a

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