Greetings again, another great day in Telluride learning about patient safety. Focused on informed consent, a topic which seems straight forward but is very complex.

Seems like the process and forms that we utilize in getting consent for procedures varies a lot from institution to institution. It has always come across as a ‘permission slip’ to do the procedure for the patient. But to reduce it to that is really a mistake and disservice to the patient.

Taking time to do a proper informed consent, explain the risks, benefits and alternatives provides a level playing field for the patient to ask or question any unexpected events. It helps to add another set of eyes to evaluating the course of care and recovery.