The APA has created a standard consent form (DOC, 25KB) for psychologists returning to the office to provide personalized services with the removal of « Stay at home » restrictions. (For more information, check out our article on the important factors to consider before reopening your office.) Bradley`s Art Curley Lawyer, Curley, Barrabee-Kowalski PC in Larkspur, California, discussed approval at the time of COVID-19 during a webinar recently hosted by TDIC. He explained that at the most basic level, the agreement to undergo treatment by health care providers is implicit in the only reason why a patient enters a dental office. With COVID-19, people know that virus contamination is a risk everywhere in the public, whether it`s in the dental office, in the grocery store or in the bank. On the contrary, standard consent forms are sufficient for informed information, provided that these forms take into account the risk of potential infection. All forms must include recognition of the risk of infection through dental treatment, including COVID-19. TDIC offers sample forms in nine languages. Psychologists returning to personal services may want to protect their practice with informed consent. The Dental Insurance Risk Management Consulting Centre continues to receive calls from practitioners regarding navigation of COVID-19 issues. These requests range from the question of how to get enough PPE to the speech to employees who fear a return to work. Many appeals involve informed consent and disclosure of the risks associated with virus contamination in a dental environment.
Some dental practitioners who called the advice line asked if they should need an informed separate agreement form for COVID-19; However, TDIC does not recommend that practice holders use a specific form for COVID-19. A separate form can lead to a false sense of security and does not offer immunity to dental dentists who negligently follow current and appropriate infection control guidelines. If, for any reason, a patient refuses to sign an informed consent form, it is recommended that the procedure be postponed. Staff should find out why the patient refuses to sign the form. If the patient still refuses after a more detailed explanation, this is a sign of non-compliance and an exit may be acceptable according to the patient`s formal exit protocols. Informed consent is an essential part of managing risks in dentistry. It`s more than a form. It is a dialogue between a dentist and a patient about the type of treatment recommended; The risks, complications and benefits of treatment and alternatives to the recommended treatment, including no treatment. An informed consent form is considered to be the first line of defence when a right to professional liability is invoked. This document is designed to be used in addition to your normal form for informed consents and business practices – not as a substitute. You should use your normal consent form with clients before posting services to cover important information (p.B.
fees, billing and collection practices, confidentiality limits) and use this model as a supplement when patients return (or start) to personal services. It should be noted that the implementation of treatment without informed consent may pose the conditions for liability, as it is below the level of care. However, informed consent forms are not waivers. They do not relieve dentists of their responsibilities and do not protect dentists from the provision of care below standards of care. « Informed consent is not a substitute for lower-quality care. A patient cannot accept care below average , » said Curley in the Webinr. » Everyone knows that COVID-19 is here. »