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Healthcare Professionals / Progress Notes / Practice of Medicine / Patient safety update: Do you know what it means to witness a consent?

Patient safety update: Do you know what it means to witness a consent?

Do you know what it means to witness a consent? According to the Patient Consent Policy, the witness shall sign, date and time the consent form indicating that the witness has either:

  • Directly watched the patient/legal representative sign the consent form or

  • Confirmed the authenticity of the signature on the form with the patient/legal representative

What does that mean for me?
Any employee can witness a consent. What you are witnessing is the patient/legal representative signing, dating and timing the consent.
The consent is usually obtained in the physician’s office during an appointment or by a bedside clinician in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
You do not need to witness the conversation between the provider and the patient, the quality of the consent discussion or the provider’s signature. You cannot witness a signature that is not there, so as a witness, you must confirm the signature after it has been signed by the patient.
As an employee and patient advocate, you want to assure that the patient/legal representative has no further questions and has an understanding of what is being done. As a witness, you are responsible only to verify the signature of the patient.
If you have questions regarding this announcement or any other issues related to Patient Safety, please contact the Patient Safety Office or leave a suggestion or other concern 24/7 on the voicemail Patient Safety First Line, 717-544-4040.
Patient safety is out of this world
Share your team’s best patient safety initiatives at the Patient Safety Fair, March 13, 14 and 16. This year’s theme is “Patient Safety is Out of This World.”
The fair will be held:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Stager Conference Center (awards at 1:45 p.m.)

  • 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, first floor large conference room, Women & Babies Hospital (awards at 3:45 p.m.)

  • 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, Conference Room 1, BURLE (awards at 10:45 a.m.)

Teams are invited to display examples of efforts designed to enhance safety for patients and the workplace. Examples may include the use of innovation to improve patient safety; enhancements to security systems; infection control improvements; processes to enhance medication delivery; methods to proactively identify safety risks; measures to monitor and control plant and facility safety; or use of LEAN/Transformation methods.
For more information, contact Kayla Cook, kcook2@lghealth.org or 717-544-1016.


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