Our discussion has emphasized the role of surgical residents in the operating room. Informed consent and what Dr. McAlister refers to as the "silent switch" in her perspective piece isn't necessarily limited to surgical residents. In other specialties there are plenty of procedures for which patient consent is needed (e.g. lumbar puncture, central venous catheter placement, paracentesis).
Obviously non-surgical "procedures" take less time and are even maybe done on an awake patient depending on the circumstance. You could argue that the risks of some of these procedures are very low, but potentially catastrophic - i.e. theoretically injuring the colon during a bedside paracentesis or arterial placement of a central venous line.
Are patients more likely to give consent for resident participation outside of the operating room? Is that easier to communicate the resident's role in this situation?
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