COMPLICATIONS: Informed Consent and Treating Minors in Urgent Care

JOHN SHUFELDT, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP STATES HAVE ENACTED STATUTES, and courts have proffered an abundance of case law on the treatment of minors. There have been no reports of physicians being held liable for rendering emergent or urgent care to minors prior to obtaining parental consent. Still, informed consent issues surrounding the care and treatment of minors are often a source of confusion and are, at best, problematic.

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