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August 13, 2003

Universal 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

In Reply: We disagree with Dr Milmore that our intervention jeopardizes ongoing discussion. We view the universal consent form as an opportunity to introduce the patient, the patient's proxy, or both, to the environment of intensive care. Recommended procedures and their alternatives can be discussed in detail, while procedures that may become necessary are introduced. We believe that this important initial interaction, coupled with informational material, can improve communication by laying the groundwork for future discussions.