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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Informed Consent in the Operating Room:
Case 1

A 28-year-old man presents to the emergency room with testicular torsion, in extreme pain. Emergency surgery is scheduled, but the urologist will be unable to see the patient for at least one hour. He asks that the patient not be given any pain medication, so that "consent can be obtained" when he sees the patient.

Are the surgeon's concerns about informed consent valid? What ethical issues should be considered with regard to pain treatment for this patient?

Discussion

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