Obtaining informed consent is a vital aspect of surgical care. The consent form is a medicolegal document that conveys important information to the patient, clinicians, schedulers, nursing and operating room (OR) staff, and in some cases the court of law.1 Handwritten, paper-based forms can have error rates as high as 50%, which can affect patient experience, patient understanding, and clinic and operating room efficiency and can result in litigation.2-4
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Reeves JJ, Mekeel KL, Waterman RS, et al. Association of Electronic Surgical Consent Forms With Entry Error Rates. JAMA Surg. Published online May 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1014
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