The state of Michigan, Department of Human Health and Services, (2015) state that “A consent is executed when it is in writing and signed by the appropriate individual or when a verbal agreement of a recipient is witnessed and documented by an individual other than the individual providing treatment”.

We talked today of how people were scared to obtain informed consents, especially for procedures they would not be participating in. In MI, it is legal for someone other than the doctor to obtain consent, and it frequently occurs. There is not law that states consents are a two person job, at this time in the state.  It’s best to be aware of your states practice laws to ensure that you are legally obtaining consents in your area of work.